Hitler’s Waldo: The German who didn’t give a F**k

By

3rd Dec, 2012

Just a photograph of your average Nazi rally in Hitler Germany. Or is it?

At the launch of a German army vessel in 1936, attended by Adolf Hitler himself, the crowd was doing their best impression of brainwashed Nazi enthusiasts and saluting Der Fuhrer. But at a closer look, the photograph shows one man who was not impressed.

Refusing to salute, folding his arms and sporting a facial expression that pretty much said, “Not a single f**k is given”, it was a daring silent protest that could have cost him his life.

Notice how a few of the people behind him seem confused and unsure of his actions, or lack there of, trying to create as much distance as they can from him as the crowd will allow. There are a few dirty looks in there too.

The man in the photograph was August Landmesser, a shipyard worker who was later arrested for breaking the law. His crime? Attempting to marry a woman who was part Jewish.

Landmesser and his wife unfortunately did not survive the war but their daughters did, which is how he was identified in the photograph. One of them recognized their father in the sea of Nazi saluters and began sharing the brave example he set.

Images via here, here and here via Cracked

:::

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

.

You might also like

Comments

More in Inspiration VaultInternet ScrapbookLife is Messy

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

Gozo-Vintage-Workshop-22

A Hidden Island Treasure of Lost Antique Machines

It's a place you'll only find if you're searching for ghosts of the past. I saw it flash past the corner of my eye as we whizzed through the sleepy village streets of Gozo, the Maltese island sou...

Trending 27
flying26

Flying Girls: A Compendium of WW2 Airplane Pin-Ups

Since the Egyptians had their chariots, the Vikings had their ships and the Zulu warriors had their shields, man has been decorating his instruments of war. War art traditionally served as a prote...

Trending 3,285
davekate

The Hush Hush Celebrity Cult Restaurant of Paris

The facade of 12 Rue de Richelieu, a nondescript Chinese restaurant ironically called Davé, looks like its seen better days. One could easily mistake it for a questionable massage parlour hiding b...

Trending 4,210