A group of neo-Nazis in Germany proudly wore T-shirts that showed off their hate-loving ways — until they got lessons in tolerance from their washing machines.
Haters at a far-right-wing rock music festival in Gera, Germany Saturday scooped up 250 free T-shirts that had the message “Hardcore Rebels — National and Free” emblazoned on the front under a skull-and-flags design. But once it was time for them to wash their swag, the dirty shirts came clean — revealing a much different message.
“If your T-shirt can do it, so can you. We’ll help to free you from right-wing extremism,” the newly washed shirts read.
The T-shirt stunt was the work of Exit Deutschland, a group that provides counseling for neo-Nazis seeking to leave the movement. The washed version of the T-shirt included contact information for the group.
The organization’s co-founder is hoping that seeing the cleaned-up message might spur some extremists to abandon their hateful ways.
“Our name will be stored in their minds. And when they consider leaving the scene at some point, they will remember us,” Bernard Wagner told the German newspapers.
Exit Deutschland claims to have helped about 400 neo-Nazis say goodbye to bigotry since it formed.