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 The vice president traveled to Israel to participate in the forum, which marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. NBC News, "Hot mic catches Pence telling Netanyahu 'He's unstoppable'," 23 Jan. 2020 Scenes of dead civilians stacked haphazardly after the My Lai massacre in Vietnam clearly echo the iconography of bodies piled at the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Paul Morrow, The Conversation, "Is it ethical to show Holocaust images?," 21 Jan. 2020 Bruno Dey is charged as an accessory in the murders of 5,230 people at the Stutthof concentration camp near what is today Gdansk, Poland. Toby Axelrod,, "Child Holocaust survivor hugs 93-year-old Nazi guard during trial in Germany," 19 Nov. 2019 As a young boy, Samet was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Mallory Simon And Sara Sidner, CNN, "He saw his friends massacred. He has heard their names recited daily for a year.," 27 Oct. 2019 After losing her entire family in the concentration camps, Mary was befriended by Joseph Rafalowicz's Uncle Harry (in a displaced persons' camp)., "Mary Rafalowicz," 17 Oct. 2019 Weimar itself is an important place in German history, with museums dedicated to the German poets Johann Goethe and Friedrich Schiller and the Buchenwald concentration camp. National Geographic, "Why is Bauhaus such a big deal in design?," 15 Oct. 2019 The camp, near the Sava River in downtown Belgrade, originally opened in 1937 as a trade fair complex before the Nazis converted it during their occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941, according to a website documenting the concentration camp's history. Fox News, "Preschool to open at former Nazi concentration camp in Serbia," 15 Aug. 2019 Those who escaped ghettos and concentration camps often fled to the forests, determined to survive and, in many cases, resist. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "The Jewish Teens Who Fought Back Against Hitler," 1 Oct. 2019

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Concentration camp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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