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September 24, 2015 2:00 pm

Dachau’s Makeover: Former Nazi Death Camp Housing Dozens of Refugees

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The former gates to the Nazi death camp Dachau during the Holocaust. The site of the camp is now helping address Europe's refugee crisis by housing refugees. Photo: National Archives Records of the Office of War Information via Wikimedia Commons.

The former gates to the Nazi death camp Dachau during the Holocaust. The site of the camp is now helping address Europe’s refugee crisis by housing migrants. Photo: National Archives Records of the Office of War Information via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A portion of the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau is being used to house dozens of refugees, the German town’s mayor says.

The concentration camp, among those bearing the infamous inscription “Arbeit Macht Frei”—“Work Will Set You Free”— has seen its former herb garden turned into a shelter for refugees, AFP reported.

According to Mayor Florian Hartmann, the town is facing a housing shortage and did not have room to accommodate the influx of refugees and migrants amid Europe’s crisis on that issue. The camp site houses “about 50 people…who have lost their homes” and “serves as accommodation for people who cannot afford housing on the [open] market,” Hartmann said in a statement.

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“These are the weakest members of society. This building has been burdened by history but can now take on a useful social role,” said Hartmann.

Opened in 1933 shortly after the rise to power of the Nazis, around 43,000 people were killed there and more than 206,000 were detained during the Holocaust before being liberated by the United States on April 29, 1945.

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  • You wonder how many refugees Mr.Florian Hartmann put up in his own house.This place, holy ground to some, is no place to put people in, not for one single day or one night!
    Are they perhaps also giving the refugees a tour of the camp?
    Here is an anecdote;

    The Dachau town department of public works (strassen macherei depot) was located on the camp border beyond a ditch and perhaps that wooden barrack was part of the original camp also when I visited the place some thirty years ago.When I knocked on the door of the barrack and asked the employee what it was like to work so near or in this historic site and inquired if he did not hear “voices” of the death, he shrugged and quietly asked me to leave.Obviously he too “felt” something but could not face up to it.
    Apparently the young Oberburgemeister does not suffer this sort of problem.His action will prove to the neo nazi community that remembrance is a thing of the past and “refugees” the undesirables, can be put any place in a very rich nation.

    To put people in this place is an insult to the memories of those who died. The Oberburgemeisters action demonstrates ignorance, callousness and a total lack of responsibility to deal with the Nazi past of this place.

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