To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson background

ABOUT THE PICTURE

In 1931, hoping it would help him get a job, August Landmesser joined the Nazi Party. In 1935, when he became engaged to Irma Eckler (a Jewish woman), he was expelled from the party. They registered to be married in Hamburg, but the Nuremberg Laws enacted a month later prevented it. On 29 October 1935, Landmesser and Eckler's first daughter Ingrid was born. A now-famous photograph, in which a man identified as Landmesser refuses to give the Nazi salute to Hitler, was taken on 13 June 1936

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