August was born on the 24th May 1910, in Moorrege (near
Rudolf Landmesser, who knew him weIl, wrote:
- "For all the faults he may have had, your father
had the character of a decent man. Intelligent, but as an onIy child coddled
by his unassuming mother, he sailed through the elementary school in
Moorrege. I' d describe him as a country lad who, had he been given more
opportunities at home, could certainly have made more of himself. I can
teIl you that the Landmessers also had Jewish ancestors. The oldest female
ancestor I've been able to track down is Susanna Rernus, nee Abraham,
widowed Witt. She came frorn the TucheIer Heide (West Prussia)."
However, according to the Landgericht's (District Court)
ruling of 26th October 1938,
- "The names (Landmesser, Schmidtpott, Remus and
Bester) are German. Foreign blood is not apparent. The accused also has an
Aryan appearance. " (Public-record office Hamburg 213 -I )
Together with his maternal relatives, August joined the
NSDAP in 1931. He hoped this would enable him to get a job. He was a member of
the party until 1935. His later behaviour proved that he was not a supporter by
conviction. His personal experience clearly showed him the error of his ways.
On Irma Eckler
What happened to August Landmesser and Irma Eckler...