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Ben Mauk

Ben Mauk is a writer based in Berlin. His work appears in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. His last story for VQR, “The Useful Village,” was a finalist for the 2018 National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. 


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The Useful Village

Spring 2017 | Reporting

In the fall of 2015, Germany designated Sumte, population 102, as a sanctuary for nearly 800 refugees. What followed was a living experiment in the country’s principles.