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Scrubbing against right-wing extremism. The relentless struggle of a pensioner against Nazi slogans

Prize-winner 2014
European CIVIS Radio Prize – long programmes

Prize-winner:Klaus Schirmer
Editorial:Petra Mallwitz
Feature, SWR2

Irmela Mensah-Schramm practically only leaves her apartment complete with brush, spray and nail polish remover. The 67-year-old uses them to cover neo-Nazi slogans, scrape away alien-hostile graffiti and tear down anti-semitic stickers. She refuses to be intimidated on her cleaning-up tours throughout Germany. Neither by death threats, nor by criminal charges for damage when she paints over extensive swastikas on house facades.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
Differentiated radiophonic presentation of the threatening development of right-wing extremism – impressive, humorous, full of atmosphere.

right wing populism/ right wing radicalism/ right wing extremism    civil courage   

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