German Town to Use Concentration Camp to House Refugees/Eritrean Refugee Found Dead on his Doorstep in Dresden


Liberation of the Nazi camp of Buchenwald. Photo by Jule Rouard – Luc Viatour

The city government in Schwerte has made plans to house refugees in barracks at an outpost that was used for SS guards at the Buchenwald concentration camp. During the time that the camp was open, 238,380 people were incarcerated within its walls, and it’s estimated that at least 56,000 people died there.

The twenty one that authorities plan to “house” in the center are all asylum seekers, and understandably people are enraged at these plans. Buchenwald concentration camp was a place where many foreigners were killed, including people who never had the chance to seek asylum. Refugee groups, activists, academics, and other Germans have deemed the plan crude. The Concentration camp was mostly demolished in 1950, but the main gate, hospital ward, barracks, and crematorium remain.

The local government contends that this building in particular was not used to house any prisoners (just nazis), and has been used for various purposes over the years, including for teaching kindergarten. They’re also complaining about an influx of refugees to Germany, which hit 200,000 applicants in 2014, although this proposition will only house 21 people.

In Dresden, plans for a former hotel that was going to be used to house refugees were cancelled, due to massive threats from neo-nazis. In addition, Tuesday morning, an Eritrean refugee was found dead in Dresden. Cops say they found no signs of violence on his body, while his friends say he had clear signs of injuries.

Statement from the friends of Khaled Idris Bahray, a refugee found dead in Dresden this morning.

Statement from the friends of Khaled Idris Bahray, a refugee found dead in Dresden this morning.

The above statement, given by other refugees says that his body was covered by blood and that he had many injuries. The cops initial reaction was to claim that there were no signs of murder, but changed their tone after a twitter campaign, and a murder investigation which determined Khaled was killed with a knife. The above statement also says that most refugees never leave their building on Monday nights as Nazis often wait outside, kicking against the door, threatening and insulting them after the anti-islam Pegida demos in the past few weeks. Khaled was found dead on his doorstep.

While neo-nazis have praised the murder online, antifascists and activists have taken to the streets for Khaled. There will be a demonstration in his memory tomorrow in Berlin.

Khaled Idris Bahray Photo: Facebook

Khaled Idris Bahray Photo: Facebook

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