It is about the events of the Holocaust and who the Nazis took. It also talks about how it was a time where it was “everyone for themselves”. Also, there were not many people that stood up for others and all of the wrong things that were going on during that time. Niemoller uses parallelism in this poem. Parallelism is a form of repetition in writing that makes the readers more attentive to the message that the author wants to send to their audience. Niemoller states, “First/Then they came for the . . . And I did not speak out because I was not a. . .”. This poem could be recommended to anyone who wants to know more about the Holocaust but does not like to read a lot. It is short, but holds a lot of emotion.
Another poem that stood out is "The Song of the Murdered Jewish People" by Itzhak Katzenelson. It is about his life and perspective of the things around him during the Holocaust. It talked about what was going on around him outside of the camps, being a bystander and having empathy for the people being taken away in such huge quantities. He talked about how people started getting taken abruptly, how lives were and were not being affected, and how little things held so much emotion. I would recommend this poem to people who don’t understand the seriousness and reality of the