There’s a town in southeast Germany known as Wunseidel that’s pretty fed up with the Nazis as well. Every year, right-wing extremists march through the town to celebrate the birthday of Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, who is buried in Wunseidel. They march through the streets, glorifying the Third Reich, which is bound to piss some people off, but there’s probably very little the citizens of Wunseidel can do about it.
This year, however, they were fed up, and came up with a prank so genius that they put even the likes of Jimmy Kimmel or Sacha Baron Cohen to shame. This year, instead of observing the march from a safe distance, the citizens of Wunseidel welcomed the Neo-Nazis with confetti, banners and open arms. Why? Because citizens and local businesses decided to sponsor the march, and donated all the proceeds to an anti-Nazi charity.
That’s some Andy Kaufman-level shit right there. For every meter the Nazis marched, local businesses and citizens donated $12.50 USD to a non-government organization known as EXIT Germany, a support group for current and former members of Nazi groups who wish to exit the lifestyle. The Neo-Nazis that showed up either had to give up their march or inadvertently support a group that contributes to their downfall.
They went ahead with the march as planned, even with signs taunting them along their way, including “Final sprint instead of victory”.
[via The Washington Post]