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Christoph Rehage
I take walks sometimes.
I take walks sometimes.

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today was a good day.

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Today, my thoughts are with my hometown Bad Nenndorf (some would say "home village" is more appropriate).

Year after year on August 1st, this little place in Northern Germany is faced with one of the biggest "protest marches" of neo-nazis in Europe. They waltz down the streets, apparently commemorating what they perceive as some sort of "unjustifiable torture".

But who was tortured by whom? Well, a group of suspected high-ranking nazis were tortured by the British after WWII, right here in Bad Nenndorf (google "Bad Nenndorf interrogation centre"). And while torture is a terrible thing in itself, we should probably not forget that the world had just witnessed a Holocaust, brought down upon it by, well, Nazi Germany.

What those neo-nazis are trying to do on the streets of Bad Nenndorf is to establish a version of history where "everyone did some bad things."

So they march around on August 1st, carefully conceiling those parts of their tattoos that are illegal (like the swastika, for example), waving flags that are all black (strangely reminding one of Daesh, the so-called "Islamic State"), and shouting slogans about "victims" and "victor's justice". They are not doing anything illegal. But the message they carry is as idiotic as it is inhuman.

The people of Bad Nenndorf have been witnessing this thing for a decade. And they have been fighting against it. Sometimes by trying to block the nazi protestors and thus getting into a conflict with the police (the protest march is legal and thus protected by law). Sometimes by just partying hard on the sidelines, making a mockery of the neo-nazis.

This year though, Bad Nenndorf has adopted the strategy "rechts gegen rechts" (right vs. right) that was invented last year by the brilliant people of Wunsiedel in Southern Germany.

The concept is simple: a fundraiser is established, and citizens as well as enterprises pledge to raise 10 euros for every minute that the neo-nazis stay in town. The resulting sum is then being donated to an organization that helps people who want to get out of the neo-nazi scene.

So in effect, the neo-nazis are walking against themselves.

All the best to the people of Bad Nenndorf and Wunsiedel!

Here is their (German) homepage:

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I like to use a board and a knife like this when I'm cutting my bread.

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Did what I like doing: read a book and (responsibly) drank a little bit of vodka.

Unfortunately, the book "Ten Years Of Hitchhiking" (搭车十年) by Chinese travel writer Ding Haixiao (丁海笑) was rather flawed. I'm talking about it here:

On the other hand, the Exclusive Kosher vodka from Israel was very good:

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