German town tricks neo-Nazis into raising cash for anti-Nazi charity

The residents of a small German town managed to turn a neo-Nazi rally into an anti-Nazi fundraiser by pledging to donate ten euros (£8) for each metre the fascists marched.

Every November Nazi supporters march through Wunsiedel to commemorate what they call National Heroes' Remembrance Day. They choose Wunsiedel because it was the original burial site of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy between 1933 to 1941.

This year, through a campaign called "Rechts gegen Rechts" (Nazis against Nazis), the town decided to turn the rally into a charity walk. They managed to raise 10,000 euros (£7,990) with all the money going towards EXIT-Deutschland, a charity that helps people leave neo-Nazi groups.

The pro-Hess marchers had no idea about the campaign until they began their walk, noticing along the route that villagers had set up motivational signs.

The villagers even provided food for the neo-Nazis along their journey. The edibles were on offer under a banner that read "Mein Mampf" meaning "My Food".

A sign at the finish line, where they were showered with confetti, explained the Nazis had just raised money against themselves.

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