THE hard-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) is proposing a controversial camp to house refugees who come into the country without paperwork.
For many the proposal conjures up images of the concentration camp system that the Nazis built to intern political enemies in the 1930s.
One Green politician condemned the party’s “Nazi jargon when it speaks of camps”.
Accommodation in camps with limited freedom of movement is the answer but school education, medical and cultural assistance will be maintained
The populist anti-immigrant, anti-EU party in the eastern state of Saxony – scene of repeated attacks against refugee homes and individuals in the past year – say this “separate quartering” is necessary “to maintain public order and security”.
AFD politician Uwe Wurlitzer in Dresden said: “A separate quartering of refugees without papers is necessary until the facts are clear beyond doubt.
“This serves the maintenance of public order and the security of all.
“Accommodation in camps with limited freedom of movement is the answer but school education, medical and cultural assistance will be maintained.”
For a country still deeply haunted by the Nazi camp system – set up not only for Jews but also political enemies, gypsies, homosexuals, common criminals and other religious minorities – the proposal.
Left Party politician Juliane Nagel accused the AfD of “stirring up racial fears.”
Miss Nagelo added; “The AfD has once again clarified, with this proposal to inter refugees without the correct paperwork into camps, that it really, really understands nothing about the asylum operations in this country.”
And Green politician Petra Zais stated: “These people have fled terrorism and the AfD wants once again to turn the general population against these vulnerable people. It is using Nazi jargon when it speaks of camps.”
Centre-left SPD member Henning Homann added: “The idea was discussed by the CDU a year ago and rejected as impractical and inhumane.”