Jason Walters, a former jihadi, radicalized himself and eventually joined a Dutch jihadi organization called the Hofstad Group. The group’s leader, Mohammed Bouyeri, murdered Dutch film producer Theo Van Gogh, who was a known critic of Islam.
Walters was imprisoned for nine years for throwing a grenade at police while trying to evade arrest. In prison, philosophy helped him understand how illogical Islamist extremism was, but it was the movie Schindler’s List that moved him emotionally and made him realize all extremism is the same, whether Islamist or Nazi.
Walters now works to prevent violent extremism.
Here is his story: