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

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Kor wrote a letter of forgiveness to Munch after their meeting and, two years later, Munch signed a letter acknowledging the gas chambers at concentration camps. CBS News, "Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Mozes Kor dies at 85," 4 July 2019 Reports in recent weeks have described dire conditions inside the facilities, with some calling them concentration camps. Cody Boteler,, "'I am ashamed': Crowd gathers in Catonsville to protest Trump border policy, urge Congress to act," 2 July 2019 As members of the Resistance, she and her husband had been deported to Germany in 1944; the Comte de Renty died in a slave labor camp, while his wife spent the duration of the war at Ravensbrück, a German women’s concentration camp. New York Times, "A Year in Paris That Transformed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," 23 June 2019 But Germany is not unique in having concentration camps. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Americans Can't Admit Concentration Camps Exist in the U.S. Because They're Shameless," 20 June 2019 This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "AOC Called Out the Reality of the Trump Administration's "Concentration Camps"," 18 June 2019 Images of horror from concentration camps finally moved us into action. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 2019 Spanish general Valeriano Weyler rounded up insurgents and held them in horrific conditions, leading some to credit him with the invention of modern civilian concentration camps. John Maxwell Hamilton, National Geographic, "In a battle for readers, two media barons sparked a war in the 1890s," 16 Apr. 2019 Government-run concentration camps reportedly hold... Charlotte Allen, WSJ, "The Islamic World’s China Blind Spot," 28 Mar. 2019

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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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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