This photograph is included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Student’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s ‘People of the 20th Century’. In contrast to Sander’s photographs of fraternity students who tended to be conservative, this portrait shows a group of student friends who were left-wing radicals and members of the Communist Party. Sander’s own son Erich is on the far right, next to Richard Creutzberg, Hans Schoemann and Georg Hansen. The four young men strike inhospitable poses, staring intently into the camera in a manner that seems to ask something of the viewer. They had good reason to appear confrontational. In 1934, Erich Sander was imprisoned by the Nazis for his involvement in left-wing politics, dying in prison ten years later. His friends also suffered for their socialist beliefs.