The Tragic Story Of The Man Who Refused To Salute Adolf Hitler

His resistance was an expression of pain

August Landmesser (circled) refused to salute during the launch of the Horssel Vessel; Source: Rare Historical Photos

During the launch of a new German navy vessel in Hamburg in 1936, a man refused to give the naval salute like his colleagues.

While everyone held their hands up, the man simply folded his arms and watched. The man in the photo is reported to be August Landmesser and…

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