I don’t know how much courage it takes to refuse to “Heil Hitler” when 100,000 people around you are doing so, but I think it takes a lot more than I have. I did once refuse to worship America at a Christian leadership conference, on the grounds that I thought we worshiped Jesus?
All I got was dirty looks; the man who refused to “Heil Hitler” ended up in a concentration camp.
His name was August Landmesser and he had joined the Nazi Party in hopes of getting a job. He also made the fatal mistake, for that time and place, of falling in love with a Jewish woman. This did not end well.
He was just a regular person; a person like you or I. He just wanted to get a job, get married and have a family. But then he wasn’t just a regular person; because when a huge crowd is excited and chanting, the easy thing to do is to just join in. But he didn’t. (Click image to enlarge)
I don’t know where you find that kind of courage, but I think we need a whole lot more of it. I mean, consider this: What if everyone refused to Heil Hitler?