She has embraced her role as a granny and politicized it. The Grannies Against the Right initiative had already existed in Austria. In Germany, it started with that Facebook group, which now has more than 3,000 members. In 2019, Ohnweiler and other “grannies” formed an association. There are “grandpas” among them, too; about a fifth of the organization is male.
It was on that day in January 2018 that Ohnweiler was first overcome by the anger that motivates many of the group’s members. She saw a comment on Twitter by a Salzburg-based member of the right-wing extremist Identitarian Movement. This man was moaning about the group of elderly women protesting against Austria’s right-wing populist Freedom Party. Ohnweiler recalled his words as along the lines of: “When you’re too old to be any use to society and emancipation means you never learned to knit.”