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Remember The Man Who Refused To Salute Hitler? These Were The Consequences

His gesture remains engraved in the minds of people around the world, yet August Landmesser’s name is not widely known. He is the man in the iconic photograph which depicts a crowd performing a Nazi salute, while Landmesser defiantly stands with his hands crossed.Even though the picture is globally known as a symbol for defiance, Landmesser did suffer consequences for his disobedience.The picture was taken on 13th of June, 1936, when Adolf Hitler attended the launch ceremony of the naval training vessel. The men in the photograph were all workers from the shipyard.August Landmesser became a Nazi Party member in 1931, two years before Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany. He wasn’t keen on the whole “racial purity” narrative, but he kept his head down, in order to get a job…Watch more below and click in the link!!!

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