What common concept or idea do the following two sources share, and do they relate to a specific time period?

Source one:

They came first for the communists,

And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist

Then they came for the Jews,

And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,

And I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me,

And by that time, No one was left to speak up.

Source two:

"Though born out of good intentions, nationalism has proven time and again lead to bloodshed. The spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human intentions to the service of dissension and distress"

Expert Answers

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If there can be any relationship between both sources, it would be about how they both reflects the brutal policies of the Third Reich's presence in Nazi Germany.  Both of them speak to the results of the hyper- nationalism that emerged under Hitler and the Nazis.  It is precisely because of the strong and ultra- zealous expression of nationalism that the consolidation of the nation and the drive towards expansion regardless of the cost results.  At the same time, the implication of such an expansion of the state resulted in the silence of voices that were seen as oppositional.  This would be where the poem fits into the equation.  I think that the relationship between both sources would be that they both describe realities under the Nazi rule of Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s.

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