The fate of a man with a photo
The photo shows the launch of the three-mast barge Horst Wessel (Hamburg, shipyard Blohm + Voss, 1936). The shipyard workers (not all) welcome the legally elected and nationally beloved leader of the country.
The only worker who did not greet Hitler was Augustus Landmesser. A book about his life is written by his younger daughter - Family Torn Apart by "Rassenschande". In short, Augustus was in love with half-Jewish girl Irma Eclair. In 1935, their daughter Ingrid was born, but they were refused to marry because of the “Law on the Purity of Race” just released. In 1937, they had a daughter, Irene.
A few days before the birth of his second daughter, Augustus was arrested for contacting a non-Aryan and sent to one of the first concentration camps of Börgermoor (Emslandlager I). Irma was also arrested and after the concentration camps of Oranienburg, Lichtenburg, Ravensbrück, she was taken to the death camp of Bernburg, where she was killed in a gas chamber in 1942.
Ingrid's eldest daughter was born before the adoption of the law on race purity (09/15/1935), was recorded as a half-breed (Mischlinge) and lived with her grandfather and grandmother. The youngest daughter Irene was already recorded as a Jew and given to a shelter, from where she was taken under the name Reni to the Jewish family Proskauer.
Augustus Landmesser returned from a concentration camp in January 1941 and, being politically unreliable, could not be employed or drafted into the army. He went to the town of Warnemünde, where in 1943 he became engaged to another non-Aryan, Sofia Pashchenko. The second wife of Augustus served as a nurse in the Red Army, was captured and found work at Warnemünde, where they met.
In 1944, when Germany’s affairs on all fronts became bad, Augustus Landmesser, against his will, became a patriot, was drafted into the army and sent to serve in the 999 penal battalion (Bewährungstruppe 999), which was considered African. In Africa, it was all over; it was foolish to send potential deserters to the Eastern Front. They were sent to the Balkans to fight the Serbs, Greeks, Italians and other non-Aryan armed. In November 1944, Augustus Landmesser officially went missing.