death camp


Definition of death camp 

: a concentration camp in which large numbers of prisoners are systematically killed

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Gutmann and his wife were killed in the Theresienstadt and Auschwitz death camps, and their collection looted by the Nazi high command. Washington Post, "Nazi-looted portrait returned to heirs, will be auctioned," 21 Mar. 2018 Many Poles fear that as the war becomes more distant there is confusion about who bears responsibility for Auschwitz and other death camps Nazi Germany set up in occupied Poland during the war. Washington Post, "Polish government backs away from disputed Holocaust law," 27 June 2018 Participants then paid homage to the victims at several memorial sites in the area of the former ghetto, including at Umschlagplatz, the spot where Jews were assembled before being transported to the Treblinka death camp. Monika Scislowska,, "Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto," 19 Apr. 2018 In one part of the plaza, train tracks that carried prisoners to the Treblinka death camp will be embedded in the pavement. Maggie Astor, New York Times, "Holocaust Is Fading From Memory, Survey Finds," 12 Apr. 2018 The Jasenovac death camp in Croatia was run by the Ustasha, the fascist regime allied with Nazi Germany during World War II. Darko Janjevic, USA TODAY, "Australian firm Valley Eyewear apologizes for shooting ad at World War II death camp," 4 July 2018 Simone Jacob was 16 when she was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp with her mother and a sister in March 1944. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "‘Merci Madame’: Simone Veil Is Honored With Panthéon Burial," 1 July 2018 Recipients of those summonses were deported — to concentration camps across Eastern Europe, including Auschwitz, a concentration camp and death camp in Poland where more than half a million Hungarian Jews were murdered by 1945. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Donald Trump Jr. suggested George Soros is a Nazi. That’s ridiculous.," 11 June 2018 The Holocaust Memorial consists of six 54-foot-tall glass towers, each containing 22 glass panels etched with 17,280 numbers that echo the tattoos that Nazis gave to death camp inmates, according to the monument’s website. Jeremy C. Fox,, "New England Holocaust Memorial rededicated in event recalling last summer’s vandalism," 10 June 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of death camp

: a place where large numbers of prisoners are taken to be killed during a war : a concentration camp where many people are killed

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