Migration and Home Affairs

Exit Germany - Donate the Hate

Delivering alternative narratives, Community engagement/empowerment
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EXIT-Germany is an initiative to help anyone who wants to break with right-wing-extremism and to start a new life.


EXIT-Germany is an initiative assisting individuals, who want to leave the extreme right-wing movement and start a new life. EXITGermany was founded by criminologist and former police detective Bernd Wagner and former neo-Nazi leader Ingo Hasselbach. EXITGermany has been working since summer 2000 to provide assistance to dropouts from extreme and violent right-wing environments. 


Bundesinitiative - Ausstiege
aus dem Extremismus,
Postfach 760112, 10382 Berlin

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Project description:

Donate the hate, turning hate-comments into involuntary donations for refugees and against the far right. The internet is currently overflowing with racist and xenophobic comments. We’ve got something against this. A very simple idea. We present: DONATE THE HATE - the first ever involuntary online charity initiative. The idea behind it: for every misanthropic comment, we make a DONATION OF 1 EURO. To refugee projects run by the ‘Aktion Deutschland Hilft’ campaign and ‘EXIT-Deutschland’, an initiative against right-wing extremism.

This way, the haters and the trolls are making a donation against their own cause. A bit of a catch-22 for them, probably. The funds we use to turn hate comments into involuntary donations are being provided by our fantastic partners and supporters. Through this, we set a united example of human dignity and a tolerant Germany.

DtH based on the idea of Nazis against Nazis. For the implementation, we have designed a microsite and set up a Facebook page, which is the center. With the Facebook page, registered users can make semiautomated, via an interface, hate comments into involuntary donations. For this purpose we and our partners, have designed and programmed an APP, which makes the commentary possible via an API interface. On the microsite can be found some commented hate comments as well as a top ten involuntary donators. All anonymous. Donations for the action coming from Partneren as: Radio Stations, Newspapers and television stations. Facebook also supports the campaign.

What is a hate-comment?

The term ‘hate comment’ refers to statements made on social networks that humiliate, denigrate or belittle human dignity, or incite or threaten violence, based on their actual or presumed affiliation to a social group, political views, social status or simply because of external characteristics. Such statements are directed in a generalised manner towards the group as a whole (racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, homophobic, derogatory towards disabled or homeless people or sexist). Some hate comments may also be liable for criminal prosecution.