GOOSING THE GOOSE-STEPPERS

Reader's Digest International - - Drama In Real Life -

Here’s the prob­lem: Ev­ery year, neo-Nazis pa­rade through the Ger­man town of Wun­siedel to cel­e­brate the birth­day of Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Ru­dolf Hess, who was buried in his fam­ily’s plot there be­fore his re­mains were dis­in­terred in 2011 and cre­mated. And ev­ery year, Wun­siedelians are less than thrilled.

Why didn’t I think of that?! The Ger­man anti-Nazi group Right against Right hatched a plan to sur­rep­ti­tiously turn the 2014 march into an an­tiNazi walkathon. For ev­ery me­ter the skin­heads walked, lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents do­nated 10 eu­ros to EXITDeutsch­land, an or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to re­form­ing neo-Nazis. News of the cam­paign helped line the march with peo­ple iron­i­cally cheer­ing on the 250 Nazis while hold­ing signs that read, “If only the Führer knew,” re­ported vice.com. When it was over, the pa­rade had raised over $12,500 for EXIT-Deutsch­land. Tweeted one Ger­man: “This is how one should fight neo-Nazis—and not by be­hav­ing even more vi­o­lently than them.”

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