concentration camp


Definition of concentration camp 

: a camp where persons (such as prisoners of war, political prisoners, or refugees) are detained or confined

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With Hitler building concentration camps in Europe and U.S. supporters holding rallies , thousands of Americans began fighting back. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "American Nazis and Nazi Sympathizers Have Been Around Since the 1930’s," 26 Nov. 2018 Johann Rehbogen is accused of working as a guard at the Stutthof concentration camp east of Danzig, which is today the Polish city of Gdansk, from June 1942 to about early September 1944. David Rising, The Seattle Times, "Former SS guard testifies he was aware of camp conditions," 13 Nov. 2018 Some in Evanston compare the plan to the concentration camps built in Wyoming for Japanese-Americans during World War II. Simon Romero, New York Times, "All Over U.S., Local Officials Cancel Deals to Detain Immigrants," 28 June 2018 Many of the 14 violins on display were played in orchestras at concentration camps. Greg Garrison,, "Holocaust violins come to life in Birmingham," 11 Apr. 2018 Had many millions of people of course -- sent to labor camps, concentration camps, expanded the secret police, all sorts of other atrocities -- citizen spying is another. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: Resisting for all the wrong reasons," 3 Aug. 2018 Responsible for helping to organize the deportation of about 1.5 million Jews to concentration camps, Eichmann was found guilty of crimes against the Jewish people. Bard Wilkinson And Nadine Schmidt, CNN, "'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Oskar Groening dies before serving sentence," 13 Mar. 2018 Serbian forces set up concentration camps, where people were starved, raped and beaten. Janine Di Giovanni, Newsweek, "Remembering the Horrors Bosnians Endured Under Radovan Karadzic," 5 Apr. 2016 Himmler also commanded the German secret police, the Gestapo, and established the system of prison and concentration camps in which more than 6 million people — primarily Jews but also Roma, homosexuals, and others — would perish. Washington Post,, "Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88," 11 July 2018

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of concentration camp was in 1897

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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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