For over fifty years, August Sander photographed individuals and groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their occupations and positions in society in an ambitious documentary project entitled ‘People of the 20th Century’. In order to present an accurate survey of society at the time, Sander portrayed those who wore Nazi uniforms as well as those who were persecuted by them. This photograph was taken shortly after the beginning of World War II and shows a fresh-faced young German soldier at the edge of a village in winter. Although a half-smile plays on his lips, his eyes shining out from beneath the deep shadows of his helmet brim evoke a poignant sadness at the horrors still to come. This photograph is included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Judge and the Attorney’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ Sander’s project.