This photo was circulating around Face Book a while ago.
August Landmesser (born 24 May 1910; 17 October 1944; confirmed in 1949) was a worker at the Blohm Voss shipyard in Germany -best known for his appearance in a photograph refusing to perform the Nazi Salute at the launch of the navel training vessel.
Do you see him there? From the left, near the middle of the photo, the resolute looking man who is not saluting, but has his arms over his chest.
His story is incredible and sad. He was killed because of his convictions.
I'm sure he didn't set out to be a martyr, he joined the Natzi party looking for work, nothing more. He was just an ordinary man who refused to lie, pretend, or go along with the status quo.
This is one of his core values, and since we've been married almost eighteen years, I think it
is one of the principals of our marriage that has helped carried us through. Certainly there have been tough times. But his fidelity and commitment to me and our family have never once been in question because of the standard he set eighteen years ago. It may be old fashioned thinking, but I have never felt insecure of my husbands love or attention either. Not once.
There are so many examples I could give you of his honesty and his refusal to compromise.
You might think that this makes my husband stubborn and hard to live with - But he is also humble. He asks forgiveness from his wife. He asks forgiveness from his children when he feels he has done wrong, lost his temper, or feels he handles a situation incorrectly. .
And ofcourse, he reminded me of my husband.