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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Your birthday is the same as Hitler's? You get a restaurant discount #HNNImpact

Image: The Gasthaus Goldener Löwe offered a discount on Hitler’s birthday for its dishes.

A restaurant in Germany offered special discounts to coincide with Adolf Hitler's birthday and unwittingly raised funds for anti-Nazi projects. MAINZ, Germany — A restaurant in eastern Germany which offered special discounts to coincide with Adolf Hitler's birthday unwittingly boosted funds for anti-Nazi projects thanks to a campaign against Internet hate speech.

The Gasthaus Goldener Löwe — or "Golden Lion" — triggered online anger after it posted a "birthday meal offer" valid only on Wednesday, the 127th anniversary of the Fuhrer's birth.

The traditional eatery, in the state of Thuringia, offered schnitzel and burgers for the price of 8.88 euros ($10) — an apparent reference to the number "88" which is code among neo-Nazis for the publicly-banned "Heil Hitler" salute.

Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn.

The discount, posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, came as Germany battles a rise in right-wing violence amid a historic influx of refugees across Europe.

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