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First they came for the Communists and I did not speak out Because I was not a CommunistFew today recognize the name Martin Niemr though many know his famous confession In Then They Came for Me Matthew Hockenos traces Niemrs evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler revealing him to be a This is a powerful story of a man who grew beyond himself and who was far complex than the usual presentation of him We tend to think of Niemoeller as a courageous hero who stood up to Hitler And he did to protect the church But he voted for the Nazis and even in prison told them he'd be willing to serve in their Navy As the poem attributed to him and dated to 1946 notes he was silent about the Nazi's treatment of socialists unionists and Jews because he shared conservative German views But he gradually grew into a man who rejected antisemitism and his militaristic views and became a noted pacifist

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Then They Came for Me Martin Niemöller the Pastor Who Defied the NazisComplicated figure than previously understood Born into a traditionalist Prussian family Niemr welcomed Hitlers 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 i Few people today know much about Martin Niemöller apart from his famous post war confession “First they came for the Communists” In this revisionist biography Niemöller comes across as a flawed yet courageous prophet He was in the words of Swiss Theologian Karl Barth “a too good German” He opposed Hitler but was a strong nationalist who served as a U boat officer in the German Navy in WWI despised the Weimar Republic and initially supported Hitler including his foreign policy though he never joined the Nazi party he voted for Hitler twice He was initially indifferent to the plight of German Jews and a supporter of replacement theology Even at his trial Niemöller admitted that it was unfortunate that Jesus was Jewish His opposition to the Nazis was threefold he differed with Nazi plans to control the church their near worship of Hitler and their leanings toward paganism Hockenos expresses concern over attempts to “launder” Niemöller’s image Hockenos takes care to separate fabricated hero worshipping accounts of Niemöller’s conduct with what can be verifiedNiemöller was no Bonhoeffer yet like Bonhoeffer he suffered for his faith as a political prisoner at both Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps After his trial reflecting on the verdict he stated “Everything is lost but not my honor” His confinement led him to briefly consider converting to Catholicism; it did make him ecumenical Niemöller survived the war then according to Hockenos reinvented himself Hockenos uestions some of Niemöller’s post war rhetoric along with uotes others claimed he made “Not you Herr Hitler but God is my Führer” and describes Allied dissatisfaction over his defense of the German people who he claimed were unaware of Nazi atrocities Nonetheless with some prompting Niemöller urged the German people to repent for their complicity in the Third Reich and for their collective responsibility for the Holocaust; especially the church which proved a hard sell for a “self satisfied” body Hockenos credits Niemöller for boldly speaking truth to power He shows how the atrocities of WWII and the birth of the nuclear age and Cold War led Niemöller to become a pacifist As a celebrated world traveler he spoke strongly against racism and anti Semitism and for ecumenical peace work; in particular strong opposition to the Vietnam war Hockenos credits Niemöller as one “on the wrong side of history” who was able to evolve recognize his faults and change his convictionsOverall Niemöller is portrayed as a uestionable champion It is true that his courage inspired the free world Hockenos objectively and engagingly tells Niemöller’s story neither making him a hero nor a villain