Obliterated Swastikas Make Berlin Better

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Berlin street artist Ibo Omari is transforming symbols of hate into pleasant images all over Berlin. He paints over swastikas (hakenkreuz) to make the graffiti into animals, toys, dancers, flowers, and other images. Not only that, he is leading other artists to do the same through a campaign called #Paintback.

Ibo Omari, a Berliner of Lebanese and Turkish heritage, was motivated by right-wing hate to transform neo-Nazi graffiti into playful images, effectively neutering a symbol that haunts Germany. His NGO, Die kulturellen Erben e.V. works to bring together the residents of Kreuzberg through urban contemporary art.

See a collection of altered swastikas at Laughing Squid, along with videos of the artists at work. The sad part is that there are this many swastikas to cover.

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