Wunsiedel, Bavaria has been the annual marching spot for neo-Nazis for over 25 years, much to the distaste of those that live there. There have been legal battles and protests to try to stop these marches
from happening, but nothing has been done. This year, local residents gathered to play a prank on these none the wiser walkers.
Instead of sitting back and accepting the march, the residents all came together and sponsored the walkers, so for every metre walked, €10 was raised for EXIT Deutschland
, a charity helping people leave right-wing organisations. Upon the start of their walk on November 15th, the marchers were showered with motivational posters with slogans such as "If only the Führer knew!", free bananas and handy indicators on how much they had raised so far painted on the roads. For the first time ever, the extreme-right wing supporters raised money for an anti-extremist organisation.
The neo-Nazis are attracted to the area as Rudolf Hess, the third most powerful man in Nazi Germany behind Goering and Hitler, was buried here up until 2011 when his remains were exhumed and the tombstone destroyed.
Spokeswoman for the Wunsiedel mayor
, Inge Schuster, has said, "It was an absolute success. It created something positive, including the €10,000 donation for EXIT-Deutschland."
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