The Man Who Didn’t Salute Hitler

The Man Who Didn't Salute Hitler August Landmesser

Joining the Nazi party purely in hopes of finding a job, German August Landmesser was eventually sentenced to two years at a labor camp for falling in love with a Jewish woman whom he tried to marry. But before he reached prison, this famous photograph captured Landmesser very public protest against the Nazi regime when he didn’t salute Hitler during a public rally in 1936. And so August Landmesser is now remembered in history as the man who didn’t salute Hitler.

Love overrode the anti-Semitism that swept throughout the country, though it wasn’t strong enough to save his would-be bride Irma Eckler from Nazi persecution. Like so many others, Eckler’s life came to a tragic and premature end at a death camp.

Read the full story on All That Is Interesting’s article about August Landmesser, the man behind the crossed arms.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. A graduate student in New York, Savannah enjoys all things musical and political.
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