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January 8, 2011

“the homeless in the centre of Munich”

Filed under: Dachau, Germany — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:41 am

This morning I was reading a blog post written by a man who is working as a volunteer assistant with the Church of Reconciliation in the Dachau concentration camp.

Church of Reconciliation at Dachau Memorial site

He wrote that a popular restaurant in Munich had donated food for a Christmas dinner for “the homeless in the centre of Munich.”  Homeless in Munich?  How can that be?  Where is Hitler when we need him?  There were no homeless people on the streets of Munich in Nazi Germany — they were all imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp.  

In Nazi Germany, there was a law that everyone had to have a permanent address, which means that they had to have a home.  Anyone who didn’t have a home was sent to the Dachau concentration camp as an “asocial.” Typically, the people in  Nazi Germany who didn’t have a home address were the Gypsies who lived in vans and traveled around from place to place.  Before the round up of all the Gypsies, male Gypsies were first sent to Dachau under the law that everyone had to have a home address; they were put to work in Dachau.

Prisoners working in Dachau concentration camp

On my recent trips to Germany, I have seen lots of people begging on the streets, and they looked like Gypsies to me.  They also looked like they were capable of working.  In France, it was even worse.  The beggars were quite bold and they would punch a person in the chest or let loose a string of insults if they were not given enough money.  Curiously, the beggars were well dressed and looked perfectly healthy and capable of working.

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