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Refugees In Germany Are Not Being Housed At Buchenwald Despite What You May Have Read

A number of news reports in recent days have falsely suggested Germany was housing refugees in the notorious camp, as the country struggles with an influx of people seeking asylum.

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The reports all tell of 21 refugees who have been housed in an old building for SS guards at the Buchenwald camp.

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According to Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, the barracks and guards' quarters were torn down long ago.

What's more, the refugees were moved to the Schwerte building back in January — a fact many of the recent reports glossed over.

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"The accusation that we in Schwerte are ignorant of our history and insensitive, deeply hit the council and the city administration," Mayor Heinrich Böckelühr said at the time, defending the decision.

"There is a lively welcoming culture here. And putting refugees up in mass shelters, containers, or gymnasiums is not our understanding of successful integration."

Using pictures from the i-Images photo agency, the report shared the story of Eritrean refugees Abdurahman Massa and Ayaya Tsinat, who the newspaper claimed were living in "ramshackle barracks" once used by SS guards.

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But according to the Daily Mail:

Twenty-one male asylum seekers have been moved to the former barracks of the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp, where SS officers killed thousands of prisoners during the Second World War.

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David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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