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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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 Democrats have launched a blitz accusing the Trump administration of separating children from their parents and housing in, literally, concentration camps along the border. Fox News, "Sessions defends zero tolerance immigration policy," 19 June 2018 Maybe even Trump realizes that running facilities that look a lot like concentration camps full of kids is bad optics. Luke Darby, GQ, "Trump Thinks Thousands of Detained, Traumatized Immigrant Kids Are a Great Bargaining Chip," 16 June 2018 Baldwin landed at Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion and helped liberate the concentration camp at Dachau. Christina Tkacik,, "Fifty years later, Catonsville Nine draft protest inspires activists, angers opponents," 9 May 2018 Items on display include three pink-triangle armbands worn by homosexual prisoners incarcerated at the Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Museum documents persecution of gays in Nazi Germany," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of concentration camp

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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