concentration camp


Definition of concentration camp

: a place where large numbers of people (such as prisoners of war, political prisoners, refugees, or the members of an ethnic or religious minority) are detained or confined under armed guard used especially in reference to camps created by the Nazis in World War II for the internment and persecution of Jews and other prisoners The Nazi soldiers hauled [Mordechai] Strigler off to a concentration camp, and carved swastikas into his cheeks and forehead with a razor blade. Over the next five years, he was sent from one concentration camp or slave-labor camp to another.— David RemnickShe ended up dying in a concentration camp, just a few months before she would have been liberated.— Marilyn ReynoldsThe V2 killed thousands of British civilians while 20,000 concentration camp inmates died as slave labourers during its manufacture in the closing stages of the second world war.— Anna Tomforde et al. — see also death camp

Examples of concentration camp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp vandalized with antisemitic graffiti. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 The Stutthof concentration camp, where Irmgard Furchner served as a secretary as a teenager. NBC News, 30 Sep. 2021 In 2015, Merkel became the first presiding chancellor to visit Dachau, the former concentration camp near Munich where the Nazis killed some 40,000 victims, many of them Jews. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 28 Sep. 2021 At the height of the Holocaust, 23 young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp—mainly Jewish women and girls—were selected to design, cut, and sew clothes for elite Nazi women in a dedicated fashion workshop., 3 Sep. 2021 In the photograph, Miller’s combat boots, which still had mud from the concentration camp at Dachau on them, are visible by the bath. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 Learn stories of Elmer Reis and Milt Schloss, two American soldiers from Cincinnati who participated in the liberation of the Ohrdruf concentration camp. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2021 In November 1944, he was sent to the Hailfingen-Tailfingen concentration camp., 31 Oct. 2021 Jewish actor Ben Foster will star as Harry Haft, a Polish Jew who was imprisoned at the concentration camp at 16 but escaped as the Nazis evacuated the camps ahead of the advancing Red Army. Gabe Friedman,, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of concentration camp

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of concentration camp was in 1901

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“Concentration camp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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: a type of prison where large numbers of people who are not soldiers are kept during a war and are usually forced to live in very bad conditions

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