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9/14/2015 (4 years ago)
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Germany's largest concentration camp now houses refugees

Several men who fled to Europe in hopes for a better life are now staying in former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald, where thousands died following forced medical experiments under the Nazi regime.

Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Buchenwald Concentration Camp


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9/14/2015 (4 years ago)

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Keywords: Refugees, Nazi barracks, Buchenwald, refugee camp, concentration camp, Nazis

MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Several men who fled the raging wars in the Middle East are now seeking asylum in Germany. Due to the constant influx of migrants, Germany has decided to utilize old concentration camps to house people.
Twenty-one men seeking asylum in Germany are currently staying in the former Nazi concentration camp and are given 135 Euros each month by the German government for food and necessities. The camp is a temporary home for refugees while they wait to be relocated. 

Buchenwald concentration camp.

Despite the horrific history of Buchenwald, the migrants are thankful for their current living conditions. 
Abdurahman Massa, from the northern part of Eritria, is housed together with Ayaya Tsinat in room number 2 while they wait for their refugee applications to be accepted. Massa shared, "This is good for me." 
A refugee from Algeria added, "It is good here. Many others don't even have this."
The announcement that former Nazi camp Buchenwald would be a home for refugees came last January, when it was also announced the camp would include basic cooking facilities and bunk beds.
Around 250,000 people were kept in Buchenwald after it opened in July 1937. It is considered one of the biggest concentration camps in Germany. Prisoners were subjected to horrific experiments and controversial procedures such as attempts to cure homosexuality though hormonal transplants. 
Most of the slaves in the camp were also forced to work long hours and were fed just enough to keep them from dying. The original buildings where these experiments occurred have since been demolished. However, critics continue to question the decision to make the concentration camp into a refugee camp. 


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