One clear morning in
2004, an elderly man walking down the streets of the German city Leipzig
came across a familiar sight which awoke unpleasant memories of the
past: Dozens of demonstrators with a red arm-band with a white circle on
it and a black symbol within. He witnessed Nazi demonstrations in his
city in the past, but this time he decided to take a stand. He stuck out
his leg as the protest's leader passed him by, tripped him and watched
with a smile as he fell to the ground.
The activists’ reaction
was handing the old man a flyer. The elderly man walked away, and only
after a few dozen feet suddenly noticed: The symbol on the arm of the
demonstrators was not a swastika, but an apple.