German Town Plays Epic Prank on Neo-Nazis

Pranks can get a little out of hand sometimes, but here’s one that victimized a group no one really has much sympathy for — Neo-Nazis — and managed to use their evil for good.

For decades, far-right extremists have marched through the tiny German village of Wunsiedel in Bavaria. Neo-Nazis from all across Europe gather annually to pay respects to Adolf Hitler and his deputy Rudolf Hess, whose remains were once buried in Wunsiedel.

In the past, the moritifed residents of Wunsiedel have protested and filed numerous legal complaints, to no avail. This year, they decided to take a different tactic by creating the country’s least voluntary walk-a-thon, called Rechts gegen Rechts (Right against Right).

Unbeknownst to the Neo-Nazi marchers, residents sponsored the 250 marchers on November 15. For every meter the extremists walked, 10 Euros went to a program called EXIT Deutschland, which helps people escape such extremist groups.

Best of all, the townspeople turned out on the day of the march to encourage the confused Neo-Nazis with brightly-colored, humorous posters sporting slogans like “If Only the Fuhrer knew!” and”Mein Mampf” (my munch, a parody of Hitler’s book Mein Kampf) beside a table of bananas. There was even a sign at the end of the march thanking the Neo-Nazis for their generosity.

“We want to show what else you can do, what other courses of action you have,” Rechts gegen Rechts organizer Fabian Wichmann said, according to the Guardian. “You can do more than just block the street or close the shutters.”