Irmela Schramm is a 70-year-old woman in Berlin, Germany that doesn’t want to just sit around when she witnesses hate, she wants to put a stop to it.
That’s why these days Irmela never leaves without her trusty “Anti-Nazi” bag. And, what does one keep in such a kit, you might ask? Red paint, nail polish remover, and a scraper–the tools that Irmela uses to combat hate in Germany by turning swastikas and hate signs into big, beautiful, red hearts.
Irmela refers to herself as a “Polit-Putze”–or “political cleaner” in English, and has reportedly removed over 130,000 signs and stickers over the past three decades. “I’m really concerned by this hate propaganda. And I want to take a stand,” Irmela passionately told CNN.
“Not just hollow words. But to do something. I could look at that swastika and ‘Nazi Kiez’ graffiti and say ‘oh, that’s awful’ and walk by. But no one would dare to do anything. Well, I don’t want to wait for someone else to do something about it.”
While the compassionate senior has unfortunately received threats from neo-Nazi organizations and light warnings from the police, Irmela has no intentions of backing down from her extraordinary cause anytime soon.