WTF? German town mulls housing refugees in Buchenwald

The front gate at Buchenwald whose inscription reads, ‘To Each What He Deserves.’ (Photo credit: courtesy of Paul Paul Pugliese)

BERLIN — Asylum-seekers in Germany may be housed in a former Nazi concentration sub-camp under plans being mulled by a town that have sparked criticism, reports said Tuesday.

Faced with an influx of refugees fleeing war-torn places such as Syria, Germany is scrambling to accommodate new arrivals, resorting to converted schools and makeshift villages of freight containers.

But town authorities in Schwerte in western Germany are considering moving around 20 asylum-seekers into a former satellite camp of Buchenwald, according to several German media outlets.

Buchenwald was one of the largest and most notorious Nazi concentration camps on German soil in World War II…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    We’ll have to move your group to Buchenwald.
    Nooooo, not THAT Buchenwald!
    Well, OK, that Buchenwald, but we fixed up the place!

    • Looks swell!

    • chayisun

      Good one!!!!

    • I cringe but also chuckle….

      … cringingly…

    • john700

      Are the gas valves working?

  • FactsWillOut

    Does the place still have showers?
    I bloody hope so.

  • Waffle

    LOL!! Gotta love those Germans — so damn efficient. Who would have thought to repurpose a concentration camp? I wonder if it’s haunted.

    • Cripes.

    • Linda1000

      I hope Jewish shape – shifting djinn get them. Maybe they’ll hear “the scream” every night.

      • Waffle

        The souls of the innocent will cry out.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Why can’t it just be purposed?

      • Waffle

        Believe it or not, a lot of Germans feel guilt and shame over what their grandparents and parents did. I in’t want to play to the extremist tendencies of a few. That said, this is yet another example of historic irony. It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out who those asylum seekers are.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          One particular German I knew from work.
          He was under five feet tall and looked a bit like gollum.
          Which I imagined was caused by growing up in the post war wreckage and malnutrition.
          He was always telling my wife that he wished I batted for the other team.
          He never spoke of guilt and never derided Jews, either.
          And he had his own heroes like Albert Speer and Erwin Rommel.
          Besides lending me their biographies, he used to regale me with tales gleaned his high life bartending at a gay bar in the seventies and eighties.
          While I disagreed with him somewhat on Speer, since Speer had to know what was going on, he told me that Speer had warehoused immense amounts of supplies in the mountains.
          Enough to have prolonged the war for another year or two.
          On Rommel, I agreed with him completely.
          He was a German hero, who, in the end, was forced to kill himself to save his family.
          Rommel was so popular among the German people that Hitler could not have had him killed outright.
          He was a soldier who served his country.

          • ntt1

            My dad spent a couple of years being chased around by Rommel, The British forces certainly had respect for him unlike the late arriving patton who they thought was a complete wanker.

          • Minicapt

            Patton wasn’t a complete wanker; he needed more practice.


  • minuteman

    Maybe it was intended to be a subtle hint that the “refugees” aren’t welcome.

  • AmicusC

    what’s the problem, they are being held until they can be repatriated to their own country.

    • john700

      their country is now the Islamic State. good luck repatriating them.

      • AmicusC

        Ok then put them back on a ship and sink it better yet start sinking them before they make it to shore

  • Ron MacDonald

    I’m surprised the place wasn’t demolished.

    • Clausewitz

      It’s historical monument. “Never Again”, ring a bell? Or do you want to sweep this part of history under the carpet and flush it down the memory hole?

  • chayisun

    This has all the dark humour of a Monty Python skit. And I wish I had gotten on here before Drunk By Noon……

  • Clausewitz

    Who says the Germans don’t have a sense of humour?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      It must be a new thing.

  • Maggat

    Wonder how they’re planning to heat the place.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I know how I wish they would heat the place.

  • Dana Garcia

    Whatever happened to Arbeit Macht Frei? — I thought that was the concentration camp motto.

    Oh wait, Muslims are welfare queens.

    • Frau Katze

      Auschwitz is in what is now Poland.

      • That’s written at Dachau too. I know, I saw it.

      • Waffle

        It always was. I don’t think there were any extermination/death camps on German soil — except for those that euthanized ‘defective’ children prior to Sept. 1, 1939.

    • Waffle

      It seems that each camp had its own tag line. Arbeit Macht Frei belonged to Auschwitz.

  • b_marco

    It’s tough to find agreement among people these days. One thing that most people do agree on though is that outside of engineering, Germans are incomprehensibly fucked up.

  • Maggat

    I wonder how they plan to heat the place?