Mein Mampf, Or the Inspired Way To Get Neo-Nazis Unwittingly Raising Money For Anti-Nazis
In a slick prank they gleefully dubbed "the most involuntary walkathon ever," the residents of a small town in Germany plagued by an annual neo-Nazi rally secretly turned this year's event into a charity walk for an anti-extremism group. The 1,000 residents of Wunsiedel, chosen by neo-Nazis for their rally because it's the original burial site of Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess, had held counter-demonstrations for years, and in 2011 even got Hess' remains exhumed. But marchers still flock there.
This year, they launched a campaign called "Rechts gegen Rechts" to turn the rally into a charity walk for EXIT-Deutschland, a group that helps people leave the extreme right and start a new life. Residents and business owners pledged 10 euro for every Nazi meter walked, hung the route with motivational slogans - “If only the Führer knew!” and “Mein Mampf” (my munch) at a table of bananas - and showered about 200 baffled marchers with rainbow confetti at the finish line - where they were handed certificates of completion telling them they had just raised money against themselves, and politely thanked for their "donations." Organizers declared the event "an absolute success," with over 10,000 euros raised. They also reported only one banana was taken. No one could confirm if it had been eaten.