The British Daily Mail reports that 21 out of the thousands of refugees that arrived in Germany over recent months were placed in barracks that belonged to the Nazi extermination camp Buchenwald.
The asylum seekers, some of the whom have been living in the camp for months, are now waiting to be moved to a new location. The government is giving them only €135 ($153 US) for food and necessities while they wait for there new residences.
Christian Hanke, the mayor of the Mitte district in Berlin, says that "It is an emergency solution, but it is unavoidable. There is a lot of room in the hangars."
The asylum seekers are primarily coming from Syria and the Middle East. Many were held up in Hungary, where authorities refused to take them in but also refused to allow them to continue westward. After several days of discussions and protests, Germany agreed to accept thousands of those waiting in Budapest.
Germany took in 200,000 refugees last year, and expects a total of 800,000 to arrive in 2015. Chancellor Angela Merkel has acknowledged that the movement will likely cause a permanent change in the country's demographics and claims that the country will do all it can to accommodate the new arrivals. Last Monday she promised to provide another €6 billion ($6.8 billion US) to help the refugees.
Buchenwald was one of the largest camps in Germany. Between 1937 and 1945 it held about 250,000 people, largely political prisoners. More than 50,000 were killed there.