This image is making its rounds around the internet. But what does it say about us and the man pictured in the photo?
The story circulated with the photo:
“The photo was taken in Hamburg in 1936, during the celebrations for the launch of a ship. In the crowed, one person refuses to raise his arm to give the Nazi salute. The man was August Landmesser. He had already been in trouble with the authorities, having been sentenced to two years hard labour for marrying a Jewish woman. We know little else about August Landmesser, except that he had two children. By pure chance, one of his children recognized her father in this photo when it was published in a German newspaper in 1991.”
Whether or not the story is 100% accurate is irrelevant. What we do know from history is that people often stood up in quiet ways and were often either ostracized or punished for their beliefs.
I think this photo resonates so strongly because we all want to believe that we’re not like the crowd of “heilers,” but are more like the skeptic with his arms crossed.
But what are you arguing for or against? Is it simply another type of philosophy? Or is it something deeper, more meaningful?
To me the picture epitomizes the struggle against the death penalty.