A town in Germany recently tricked a group of neo-Nazis into goose-stepping their way into a walkathon for an anti-extremist charity.
Each year, residents of Wunsiedel in Bavaria have to deal with a gathering of neo-Nazis who trek to their town to commemorate Rudolf Hess, one of Hitler’s deputies, in a perverse recognition of National Heroes’ Remembrance Day on Nov. 15, according to the Independent.
But this year, the townspeople teamed up with Rechts gegen Rechts (Right Against Right), an anti-extremist organization with a plan to turn the tables on the would-be brownshirts, as a video released by the group showed.
Their trick was simple enough: As the neo-Nazis prepared their annual march through the town, residents of Wunsiedel agreed to pledge €10 for every mile the unsuspecting fascists walked.
According to the video, the money would go to EXIT Germany, a charity dedicated to providing a way out for disillusioned rightwingers trying to escape the neo-Fascist scene.
It went off without a hitch, all of it on tape. For added effect, the organizers of the punk’d march put up colorful posters and markers informing the surprised neo-Nazis how much they were raising for a fund dedicated to thinning their ranks.
The video captured the concerned faces of the fascist marchers as they began to realize it was a set up.
Rechts gegen Rechts said it raised €10,000. The group dubbed it “Germany’s most involuntary walkathon.”
h/t The Guardian