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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KiShawn Pritchett and his Davidson basketball teammates visited the Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp in Poland recently. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "'So evil.' Concentration camp images impossible for Davidson players to leave behind.," 8 July 2018 The forcible relocation of U. S. citizens to concentration camps, solely and explicitly on the basis of race, is objectively unlawful and outside the scope of Presidential authority. German Lopez, Vox, "Supreme Court finally condemns 1944 decision that allowed Japanese internment during World War II," 26 June 2018 As a point of fact, something this administration doesn’t much concern itself with, many Jews were taken in cattle cars to concentration camps outside of Germany, in places like Poland. David Zurawik,, "Trump border policy so debased even right-wing media can't defend it credibly," 19 June 2018 Last week, a new study by the Claims Conference revealed that 45 percent of Americans couldn’t name a single Nazi concentration camp, including Auschwitz. Steve Magagnini, sacbee, "Holocaust scholar's message: 'Our schools have failed us' | The Sacramento Bee," 15 Apr. 2018 In the final match of the World Cup on Sunday, soccer powerhouse France will go up against a country that, just 25 years ago, was in the midst of an ethnic war in the Balkans marked by genocide, snipers, and concentration camps. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 This isn’t what happens at any camp but a concentration camp. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why All the Justifications for Child Separation Are Bullshit," 20 June 2018 Turgel was imprisoned in several concentration camps after the Nazis invaded Poland and rousted her family from a comfortable home in Krakow. kansascity, "In memoriam through June 15: Civil rights activist Dorothy Cotton, Neal Boyd of ‘AGT’," 15 June 2018 Barbara Steiner, one of the founders of the Illinois Holocaust Museum, survived the 1943 uprising against the Germans in Warsaw, Poland, and three Nazi concentration camps. Graydon Megan,, "Barbara Steiner, survivor who helped start Illinois Holocaust Museum, dies," 1 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of concentration camp

: 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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