Edmund Burke said “For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good people to do nothing.”
August Landmesser was no such man.
This photo taken in 1936 at Hitler’s launch of the naval Horst Wessel Bismarck, displays “an example of individual courage and conscientious objection” by Landmesser who refused to give the Nazi salute at Hitler’s address.
Born in 1910, Landmesser worked at the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg and was a member of the Nazi Party from 1931-1935 before serving 3 years in re-education facility (ie: prison) for violating the Nuremberg laws (enacted in 1935). He was separated from his Jewish wife Irma Eckler and two children, Ingrid and Irene, and later presumed dead (MIA from 999th Fort Infantry Battalion) in 1944.
The Hamburg shipyard photo was, by chance, identified by Irene in 1991 after she saw it published in “Die Zeit” newspaper.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Today we awake to another large scale atrocity; through social media the global community is becoming aware of the abhorrent violence committed by Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony.
A documentary made by US film-maker and Invisible Children director Jason Russell aimed at raising awareness of African rebel leader Joseph Kony’s murder and slavery. Swayed by public pressure in 2011 US President Obama deployed troops to the area to support the local coalition to bring Kony to justice.
It’s important that the hype of the moment doesn’t outweigh the cause; to put an end to the LRA and Joseph Kony’s dictatorship, stop the child abductions, the turning of innocence into violence, the rape and torture of women and widespread murder. To bring justice to thousands and thousands of people who have been afflicted by the LRA.
We are all citizens of a global community; its our similiarities that define us as human beings. Be part of the moment to advocate justice for the victims of the LRA. Be the change you want to see in the world; raise awareness.
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