Vienna Lindengasse

Only people who applied for asylum were brought down in this house.

A kindergarten was also organized, which was "looked after" by some volunteer women from the Red Cross and Caritas.

On the whole, it was about keeping the children calm and that they were not allowed to take any donated toys with them.

Which, of course, always triggered small tragedies because these children really had lost everything and the toys were left behind anyway.


But the employees of Caritas and Rotes Kreuz did not want to take the risk that the toys (actually donated for refugees) could not be sold again later with a good profit.


Many of the supervisors were mostly strange. Like the one woman who could no longer have children and always left out her frustration on the little ones or the twins from Caritas who tried some hypnosis games on the children and as they didn’t obey them, the twins simply slap the children.

Thousands of dollars lost

A woman had been crying incessantly for hours, in front of the young volunteers in Red Cross uniform who seemed to be having a party with the first aid room door open. None of them wanted to look at her, ask what was she was missing, why she cried so bitterly.


She told us in English that she had lost her passport. She was very pale and soon passed out.


Only after the funny volunteers were threatened with a call to the rescue and to the police, came out finally a blond boy, dressed in red cross uniform, of the party room (declared as first aid room) and asked her condescendingly in dialect why she behaved like this.


Fortunately, she didn't understand him.


He managed even to smily honestly. It was really amazing how nice and honest he looked while he spoke that vulgarities.


When looking for her passport, a young Syrian came with two thick rolls of one hundred dollars and said he found it in the men's toilet. The woman with two small children got the money back. The party lions were in the meantime busy with themselves again and luckily they didn't even notice any of the money.


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