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‘Graffiti Grandma’ fined for painting over swastikas daubed across German town

A VETERAN anti-fascist, known affectionally as the ‘Graffiti Grandma’, has been fined £260 (€300) for painting over Neo-Nazi graffiti in the German town of Eisenach.

Irmela Mensah-Schramm has spent 30 years removing or painting over far right slogans, swastikas and stickers. She often covers up hate-filled pictures or slogans and replaces them with a more loving message. She regularly covers up Nazi-based graffiti, often covering them with a heart in the German city of Eisenach.

The 73-year-old also scrapes off stickers with xenophobic slogans.

However, she has now been fined for her guerrilla graffiti removal campaign.

The pensioner, who was born in Stuttgart in 1945, has said she will appeal the ruling.

Crowd-funding campaigns have already started in a bid to pay the costs.

The 'graffiti gran' removes offensive material (Image: GETTY )The pensioner's fine has sparked outrage (Image: GETTY )

Many people are particularly outraged by the fine, which was issued on the same day as a deadly anti-Semitic attack in the city of Halle.

Ms Mensah-Schramm keeps a detailed file of every time she removes a piece of graffiti.

The former teacher has received awards for her work, which includes the Federal Medal of Merit, the Göttingen Peace Prize and the Jochen Bock Prize for Civil Courage in Erfurt. During the refugee crisis of 2015, Ms Mensah-Schramm replaced the frequently-appearing ‘Merkel muss weg’ (Merkel must go) with ‘Merke! Hass weg’ (Remember! Away with hate).

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Much of the graffiti is against Angela Merkel (Image: GETTY )

Ms Mensah-Schramm shows no sign of stopping. She said that if what she did was criminal, “I’d like to see myself as a repeat offender.”

In 2016, she told The New York Times that she had erased 72,354 bits of graffiti over the years.

She said to The New York Times: “I have a strong appreciation for human dignity.

“When I see someone’s dignity being hurt, I feel it myself.”

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The former teacher has been fined following her graffiti spraying (Image: GETTY )

She has taken off offensive signs on around train stations, condom machines, cigarette dispenser and alleyways.

Last week a German man was arrested after painting a swastika on a war memorial.

By the early 1920s, the swastika had been adopted as a symbol of the German Reich.

In August, an amusement park in southwestern Germany had to be shut down after people quickly noticed that it looked like a big spinning swastika.

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