August Landmesser was a worker at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and is best known for his appearance in a photograph refusing to perform the Nazi salute at the launch of the naval training vessel Horst Wessel on 13 June, 1936. He had been a Nazi Party member from 1931 to 1935, but after fathering children with a Jewish woman, he had been found guilty of “dishonoring the race” under Nazi racial laws and had come to oppose Hitler’s regime.
Want to see what hate looks like? Here it is - Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, upon hearing that his photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, (famous photographer for Life Magazine,) was Jewish. On May 1st, 1945, when it became apparent even to him that Germany would lose the war, Joseph Goebbels gave poison to his six children, and then shot his wife and himself.
We like to think of WWII as an American War, but the truth is many more countries were involved long before we were. Their sacrifice, particularly involving that of civilian casualties, was incredible. Without England, Russia, and Canada WWII , at least in Europe, would have been lost by the Allies.