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 prisonersThe 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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Recent Examples on the Web World War II hero Jim Feezel from Alabama, who drove a tank through the front gate of Dachau in Nazi Germany to liberate prisoners at the infamous concentration camp, has died. al, "World War II hero who drove tank through gate of Dachau concentration camp dies at 95," 16 Oct. 2020 Their trial in the spring and summer of 1946, held in the former concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, was among the most intensely followed of the era. Larry Tye, Smithsonian Magazine, "When Senator Joe McCarthy Defended Nazis," 10 July 2020 The Gestapo moved Hilde to Theresienstadt, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, in 1944, and Rowden was sent to Barthold, a work camp for people who were part Jewish. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Anita Rowden, Holocaust survivor and subject of book about her WWII experiences, dies at 93," 29 Oct. 2020 The monument is located at Zion Memorial Park Cemetery, 5461 Northfield Road, in Bedford Heights, and has the ashes of several concentration camp victims buried beneath it. cleveland, "How to keep memories, lessons of Holocaust alive," 4 Oct. 2020 As Melissa Eddy reports for the New York Times, Dey worked at the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland between August 1944 and April 1945. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Convicted as Accessory in 5,230 Murders," 27 July 2020 He was sent to a series of work camps and eventually to Dachau, the oldest and longest-running Nazi concentration camp. al, "World War II hero who drove tank through gate of Dachau concentration camp dies at 95," 16 Oct. 2020 The day came when they and other workers were loaded on trucks destined for a concentration camp. cleveland, "Who will tell their stories when all the Holocaust survivors are gone?," 4 Oct. 2020 Asked to describe Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration camp, 64% described it correctly. Ben Sales,, "Study: More than one in 10 Americans under 40 thinks Jews caused the Holocaust," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of concentration camp

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Concentration camp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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