I wanted to share this photo that has been doing the rounds online. August Landmesser worked at a shipping yard in Hamburg, Germany. He was a member of the Nazi Party for four years, but after falling in love with a Jewish woman and having two daughters he came to oppose Hitler’s regime. This photo is from the launch of a naval vessel. In a sea of spectators he was the only man who refused to salute. His wife was later taken by the Gestapo and his daughters separated from him so it’s not a happy ending as with so many families from that time, but it’s a powerful photo showing one man’s courage against something that was a lot bigger than him.
Courage is a funny thing. Sometimes I think we stamp down on our own courage too often, so as not to insult or step on other people’s toes or when we’re afraid of getting hurt.
But that’s what being courageous is, being able to do something, say something, take a stand because you believe in it, that it’s the right thing to do.
Here’s to the rest of us being brave enough to be courageous!