The Old Folks at Home — In a Campground

The following video does not directly concern immigration or cultural enrichment. However, it’s well-known that the migrants who have arrived in Germany since 2015 are being bumped to the top of the queue for housing and other social benefits. That may help explain why an 84-year-old native German pensioner has to live in a campground instead of an apartment.

This travesty is especially egregious in a socialist welfare state like Germany, where working people pay extraordinarily high taxes. In return the state promises to take care of them in their old age. Is this what people who give up more than half their income should expect?

And is it going to get even worse in the future, as the ratio of third-world freeloaders to working Germans continues to increase?

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:00   Johann Schulz is 84 years old. He has been living at a campground for twenty years.
00:06   Life here is a struggle, especially in winter. To make coffee
00:11   he has to get water from the laundry room with bottles.
00:16   Water doesn’t come out of the faucet here? — Nope. Not in winter.
00:20   That’s because the water pipes that crisscross the entire campground are frozen.
00:28   Mr. Schulz was a machinist. Now he receives a pension and basic benefits
00:32   amounting to a total of €632 per month.
00:35   With that amount he is unable to afford an apartment.
00:40   He pays €250 to rent his camper, not including electricity.
00:46   We have many people living here at the campground.
00:51   They’re all looking for an apartment; they don’t have one.
00:57   At the Zum Katzenstein campground in the Westerwald region there are 30 permanent renters.
01:02   One third of them receive welfare benefits or a basic income.
01:06   Three kilometers away is the tranquil town of Westerburg. Affordable living space is scarce.
01:12   That’s why the welfare office job center gives many recipients the tip
01:16   to contact Michael Graf, the owner of the campground.
01:20   The welfare office sends people here who are in need
01:24   of a place to live, because there just isn’t anything
01:28   available in or around the city. The welfare office pays the expenses,
01:32   which include the rent and part of the utilities.
01:36   Nationwide, there are no exact numbers regarding the homeless.
01:39   According to the Homeless Assistance organisation, the number
01:42   continues to rise. Currently the number is estimated to be around 1.2 million.
01:46   Many of those looking for affordable housing
01:49   end up with Michael Graf. — They come from Koblenz,
01:53   from the Rhine-Main region, and other places where everything has
01:57   just become extremely expensive. So they come down here.
02:01   I’ve become the last possibility to help these folks
02:04   get on the right path, or get rid of them.
02:10   The living conditions here are difficult. Without running water and no toilet in his camper,
02:15   Johan Schulz uses a bucket to get through the night. The facilities are too far away for him.
02:22   To walk all the way over there, I wouldn’t sleep. I’d have to put my shoes
02:27   on and get dressed. It’s still very cold outside.
02:33   Mr. Schulz has trouble walking and can hardly see.
02:37   He has no relatives. Jessica Hill helps people like him.
02:42   She sharply reproaches the authorities responsible. —It is simply inhumane
02:47   to dispose of people there, to forget them,
02:52   and leave them so far from any functioning infrastructure.
02:56   This shouldn’t be the case in our rich country.
02:59   Recently, a welfare official actually tried helping him
03:03   and found an accommodation for the 84-year-old.
03:06   Johan Schulz shows us the house. There are photos.
03:11   For heating, he has to refill wood in the stove every half hour.
03:15   He sleeps in the same room with his landlord, and
03:18   has to go down these stairs to get to the bathroom.
03:22   He cannot do that, so the welfare official gave him a bucket.
03:28   The official told me, “You need a bucket with a top,” and then he got me a bucket with a top.
03:38   So you had to, so to speak, do your business in the bucket? —In the bucket, yes.
03:44   Kathrin Beeker lives in the same house. After her husband died, she could
03:48   no longer pay off her house. She lives on
03:51   a €680 pension. Johan Schulz visits her occasionally.
03:58   There is no heating here. I have a cell phone, but it is useless.
04:04   There’s no reception here, neither inside nor out.
04:11   Other things are lacking elsewhere. Mrs. Beeker shows us the bathroom.
04:15   There’s no warm water. You need that in order to shower, otherwise it is not possible.
04:23   Johan Schulz wasn’t able to endure staying in this house longer than three weeks.
04:27   Did you just escape? — Yes. I just fled.
04:33   Because of the unacceptable conditions, Mrs. Hill contacted officials at the social welfare office,
04:38   the health department, the supervisory office and the district court — without success.
04:44   Right up to today it has been the authorities’ utter failure. A complete malfunction of the system.
04:48   They are responsible for rectifying things when there are complaints or when something goes wrong.
04:55   To ensure those in need receive help — there was no help.
05:00   We made inquiries. Neither the mayor
05:03   nor the district administration of Westerburg feel responsible.
05:06   The district administration writes: “There are self-determined people
05:11   in our society who make the conscious decision
05:16   to live a form of life in harmony with nature and reject a permanent fixed dwelling.”
05:24   So now Johan Schulz is back at the campsite. Without help, it wouldn’t be possible, however.
05:30   A neighbor exchanges the gas bottles. He also lives
05:33   at the campsite; he is a recipient of unemployment.
05:36   He does not want to give his name. Young people have helped him.
05:41   They have driven him to the doctor, to the pharmacy, and taken him grocery shopping.
05:45   If he asks anyone, no one is going to refuse to help him,
05:49   but at some point even that isn’t going to be enough.
06:03   “Michael don’t cry now, don’t cry anymore.
06:08   If you cry, it’s your weakness, then they’ll make their promises,
06:13   so don’t cry now, don’t cry anymore.”

5 thoughts on “The Old Folks at Home — In a Campground

  1. Tragedy, Merkel &Co Germany, everything is going to the toilet, slowly but surely, to the point it will be civil war or Europe and Europeans disappear soon ..😢

  2. In New Zealand, the media produced a lot of pictures and stories of homeless families and people, living in cars, on the streets, inferring that previous government did not care, and were doing nothing.

    Now that the current new government is ensconced, in power with claims that they would not allow this to continue in NZ.
    Has it changed in 18 months?
    Well in the central business district of New Zealand, I have walked among people dossing down on the streets in the late evening. Seen and realized that people were more than just “freedom camping” in the car parks and they were not backpacking tourists.

    10, 000 new affordable houses were promised to be built with in a year.
    Now that is all re-calibrated, and it will be lucky if 300 new houses will be built, but many were already started under the other government.

    Just a point so that government people can gain power. Did the media really care?

    The district administration writes: “There are self-determined people in our society who make the conscious decision to live a form of life in harmony with nature and reject a permanent fixed dwelling.”

    Mental Institutions closed down, supervised house communities for the disabled closed.
    And the media tritely saying we should care, when they want to force some political point, to gain power.

  3. There’s not enough information to make an informed judgement. The most degraded scenario is that the German workers were productive and paid heavy taxes all their life on the promise they would have a place to live, and instead, the hundreds of thousands of immigrants, most unemployed and on various types of welfare, are soaking up the capital originally intended for foreseeable social services, including decent old-age pensions and care facilities.

    But, we really don’t know from this article. Did the inhabitants of the trailer park have drug problems? Alcoholism? Severe mental illness? How do more fortunate elderly Germans live in more comfort? Savings? A company pension? We don’t know what in this situation is a result of abominable government handling of welfare and pensions and what is a result of pathology in the people themselves?

    In the US, certainly many of the mental institutions were cleared, and mentally-ill people were allowed to roam, and clutter the streets, as long as they didn’t present an overt danger. And this was prior to the waves of immigrants, most on welfare, now rushing over the borders.

  4. Behold the fruits of globalism. Germans must be beaming with pride over what they’ve done to their country. Watching them now is like watching a hydrocephalic chihuahua [micturate] all over his own bed as a way to proudly claim it. Good job, Germans! You’re so progressive and forward-thinking! Not like those awful, stupid Americans and their braying orange fool! Good job!

    After you have eradicated your own bloodlines, the tribal halfwits who inherit your land will tear down your monuments and erase you from their history books. The world will never even know what a “German” was. And since you refuse to fight for yourselves, well… maybe erasing you is for the best.

  5. I get where you’re coming from and surely there are those suffering from migrants being prioritized, but someone who’s lived in a campground for 20 years most certainly isn’t a victim of this policy. Of course, the hands-off behaviour of the authorities now is a whole different story. The mayor, btw, is from the CDU.

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