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 My grandfather was in a concentration camp and escaped. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three Brothers restaurant's traditions, family love go even deeper than the 63 years it's been in business," 25 June 2020 After the war, she and her brother were reunited with their parents, who had been sent to the Strasshof concentration camp near Vienna. Corey Kilgannon,, "Eva Konrad Hawkins, Marine Scientist Who Fled Hungary, Dies at 90," 12 June 2020 Founder Martin Greenfield survived a Holocaust concentration camp and immigrated to America. NBC News, "Businesses in the city that never sleeps wake up to a new reality," 8 June 2020 During the second world war inmates at Theresienstadt, a concentration camp, gathered to rehearse and perform Verdi’s. E.b., The Economist, "Grant them rest In times of shared grief, requiems have offered solace," 1 June 2020 Sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin, Leopold was released after Simonsohn rushed home to Hamburg from basic training and begged local Nazi bigwigs to intervene. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "‘All those burning cities made me a pacifist. And I’ve only become more of one as the years have gone by.’," 6 May 2020 In Xinjiang, in northwestern China, where ethnic Uighurs mainly practice Islam, the party has forced at least 1 million people into concentration camps. H. R. Mcmaster, The Atlantic, "The United States Needs a New China Strategy," 17 Apr. 2020 In March 1943, Sylt, already known to be the harshest labor camp on Alderney, became a concentration camp run by Adolf Hitler’s SS paramilitary. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Reveal the Hidden Horrors of Only Nazi SS Camp on British Soil," 1 Apr. 2020 Japan’s war with China and a concentration camp loomed over everyone. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A High School Crush Inspired Larry Poons’s First Work of Art," 3 Mar. 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 5 Jul. 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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