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Bringing the Refugee Crisis Home in Berlin

posted on September 16, 2015

New Yorker contributor Sally McGrane reports on what citizens in Berlin are doing to care for refugees flooding into their city. Andreas Tölke, a journalist, has hosted more than three dozen refugees in his apartment. McGrane writes, “Tölke, whose German-Jewish mother lost her entire family in the Holocaust, handed out shower kits stocked with Aveda products and Italian cologne (“I’m not one of these hippies in Jesus sandals—my guests sleep on Armani/Casa sheets.” McGrane writes, “No one knows how many Berliners are taking refugees into their homes, but Tölke estimates that he is one of a thousand.”

Read at The New Yorker