EXIT-Germany | We Provide Ways Out Of Extremism

EXIT-Germany is an initiative to help anyone who wants to break with right-wing-extremism and to start a new life.

EXIT-Germany is an initiative assisting individuals, who want to leave the extreme right-wing movement and start a new life. EXIT-Germany was founded by criminologist and former police detective Bernd Wagner and former neo-Nazi leader Ingo Hasselbach. EXIT-Germany has been working since summer 2000 to provide assistance to dropouts from extreme and violent right-wing environments.

About EXIT-Germany

Being the first to start such an endeavour in Germany, EXIT-Germany constitutes one of the most experienced and successful programs in de-radicalisation and exit-assistance in the world, looking back to the first de-radicalization experiences by its founder Bernd Wagner starting in 1989. EXIT-Germany since then as been continuously working to help individuals from all backgrounds, but mainly from highly radicalized milieus (group leaders, terrorists, party leaders) to leave the movement and to develop methods and programs in the field. Since the year 2000 over 800 (2022) individual cases have been successfully finished with a recidivism rate of approx. 3%.

The success of EXIT-Germany has been acknowledged by several institutions and authorities, most recently the German government and the European Commission/European Social Fund. A comparative study by the German government between EXIT-Germany and the de-radicalisation program of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (German Internal Intelligence Service), which are the only two projects working nationwide, found that EXIT-Germany achieved a far better success rate (lower recidivism) and an almost four times higher overall number of received and handled cases. In recognition of EXITGermany’s work, the initiative has been decorated with several awards, such as the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Award 2013 and the Politik Award 2012.


Bernd Wagner (2015): Right-wing radicalism – Young right-wing radicals in criminal proceedings – Possebilities and limitations of de-radicalisation. Berlin. edition widerschein More

Our latest example of a counter narrative

Articles about Exit

The The New York Times on current developments in Germany, EXIT-Deutschland and the way of the co founder of exit, Ingo Hasselbach. Read more

When Neo-Nazis Have Doubts, There’s a Way Out Read more

How To Leave the Neo-Nazis in Two Easy Lessons — and One Hard One

Formers about exit. Read more

Find more detailed information on our work below:

Flyer EXIT-Germany | We Provide Ways Out Of Extremism Download.pdfhttps://www.exit-deutschland.de/Datei-Download/1/Flyer-EXIT_engl.pdf

Booklet EXIT-Deutschland | We Provide Ways Out Of Extremism Download.pdf

F. Wichmann, A. Ritzmann (2021): Reporting about Violent Extremism and P/CVE Challenges for Journalists – Recommendations from Practitioners. Radicalisation Awareness Network

  • 2020 First-Line-Practitioners Evaluation of practices in the field of violent extremism, terrorism and organized crime response that has been conducted by the partners of the EU-project TAKEDOWN / Evaluation of Exit-Germany
  • Review of Programs to Counter Narratives of Violent Extremism: What Works and What are the Implications for Government? Download.pdf
  • Old Threat, New Approach: Tackling the Far Right Across Europe Download.pdf
  • Preventing Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism: A Community-Policing Approach. Published by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Vienna, February 2014. OSCE 2014 Download.pdf
  • On the Front Line A guide to countering far-right extremism



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