Germans Scratch a Xenophobe, Find a Nazi

Who would have guessed that the leader of an anti-immigrant movement would turn out to be a racist?

An Adolf in sheep's clothing.

Photographer: Matthias Rietschel

The story of Lutz Bachmann, until yesterday the leader of the "anti-Islamization" Pegida movement in Dresden, Germany, is a cautionary tale for anyone joining anti-immigrant protests or voting for far-right parties in Europe. No matter how hard the leaders of such movements try to masquerade as mainstream politicians, chances are that if you scratch one, you'll find a racist or a Nazi sympathizer.

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