Germany plans to house refugees in former concentration camp

Germany plans to house refugees in former concentration camp

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A plan by German authorities to place some 20 refugees in a former Nazi concentration camp outpost in western Germany has drawn criticism.

If the plan is approved, the asylum seekers will be moved into a barracks that was once overseen by the Buchenwald concentration camp, where over 50,000 people were killed during the Second World War.

Authorities claim the plan is a pragmatic solution to accommodate the growing number of asylum seekers which is putting them under pressure.

The barracks, once occupied by SS guards, is located on the grounds of a Nazi railway workshop, where around 700 forced laborers, mostly from Eastern Europe, worked until it was shut down in 1945.

Refugee groups have referred to the plan as “questionable” and “insensitive”.

Director of the Documentation Center for Nazi Forced Labor Christine Glauning referred to the barracks as “a place of exploitation, oppression and unbounded violence.”

She went on to say that it is difficult to imagine people who have fled their own countries for the exact same reasons would be accommodated there.

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