Then They Came for Me

Then They Came for Me

Martin Niemoller, the Pastor Who Defied the Nazis

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"First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Communist..."

Few today recognize the name Martin Niemöller, though many know his famous confession. In Then They Came for Me, Matthew Hockenos traces Niemöller's evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler, revealing him to be a more complicated figure than previously understood.

Born into a traditionalist Prussian family, Niemöller welcomed Hitler's rise to power as an opportunity for national rebirth. Yet when the regime attempted to seize control of the Protestant Church, he helped lead the opposition and was soon arrested. After spending the war in concentration camps, Niemöller emerged a controversial figure: to his supporters he was a modern Luther, while his critics, including President Harry Truman, saw him as an unrepentant nationalist.

A nuanced portrait of courage in the face of evil, Then They Came for Me puts the question to us today: What would I have done?




Baker & Taylor
Traces Martin Niemöller’s evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler once the regime attempted to seize control of the Protestant Church, which led to his arrest and imprisonment in concentration camps from which he emerged a controversial figure. 18,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780465097869
0465097863
Branch Call Number: 92 N555h 2018
Characteristics: ix, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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