Germans Encourage Neo-Nazis To March Against Own Interest


Germans know a thing or two about Nazism from their recent history and are proud to offer a non-violent strategy to discourage neo-Nazis from marching in streets. An initiative to help individuals who seek to leave right-wing or extremist movements is paying off handsomely for an anti-extremist German organisation which is having a 97 percent success rate. Neo-Nazis in Wunsiedel, Germany are tricked into marching further to assist those among them who may wish to leave radical movements. A marketing company has devised an ingenious plan for right-wing radicals who take to the streets to pay a price for their actions, by inadvertently raising money “for their own exit from the Nazi scene.” Following a week of increased publicity for white supremacists and neo-Nazis in America, one town in Germany may have a helpful, nonviolent strategy for those seeking to discourage these hateful displays. For two decades, neo-Nazis marched on the town of Wunsiedel in Bavaria, where Nazi leader Rudolf Hess was buried. After counter-marches failed to stop them — as did removing Hess’s body from the town’s cemetery in 2011 — the group Rechts gegen Rechts (Right against Right) organized a campaign to donate funds to an anti-neo-Nazi group for each meter the demonstrators walked. As the Guardian reported in 2014: “Without the marchers’ knowledge, local residents and businesses sponsored the 250 participants of the march on 15 November in what was dubbed Germany’s ‘most involuntary walkathon.’ For every metre they walked, €10 went to a programme called EXIT Deutschland, which helps people escape extremist groups.” hey hung posters around the event, the Guardian noted, some mocking the protesters and another thanking them for their donations. They also painted markers on the pavement to let the marchers know how much they were raising. They ultimately generated 10,000 euros to donate to EXIT.