gas chamber


Definition of gas chamber 

: a chamber in which prisoners are executed by poison gas

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Between the gas chamber and the work detail, more than a million people were murdered this way at Auschwitz. Jay Winik, WSJ, "Trump’s Critics Desecrate the Holocaust," 21 June 2018 The solemn march began at the main gate of Auschwitz and ended 3 kilometers (2 miles) away at Birkenau, where Jews from across Europe were transported by train and murdered in gas chambers. Washington Post, "Israeli, Polish presidents join Holocaust remembrance march," 12 Apr. 2018 Ehrlich survived the little game only to be killed in Auschwitz’s gas chamber on Oct. 1, 1944, at age 51, alongside his friend, collaborator and fellow cabaret superstar Willy Rosen. Noga Tarnopolsky,, "Long forgotten, a star of prewar Germany is rediscovered more than 70 years after his death at Auschwitz," 13 Apr. 2018 In an obsessive search for witnesses, Mr. Lanzmann tracked down some of the last surviving members of the Sonderkommandos, groups of Jewish prisoners ordered to assist in the arrival and disposal of victims for the gas chambers and crematoriums. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Claude Lanzmann, chronicler of the Holocaust and director of ‘Shoah,’ dies at 92," 5 July 2018 Despite thousands of people dying there, no gas chambers were ever built on the site. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "‘Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy’ Review: A Man of Many Lives," 29 June 2018 Later, American gas chambers were outfitted with a chute down which poison pellets were dropped. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 The solemn march began at the main gate of Auschwitz and ended 2 miles away at Birkenau, where Jews from across Europe were transported by train and murdered in gas chambers. Vanessa Gera,, "Israeli, Polish presidents join Holocaust remembrance march," 13 Apr. 2018 She was sent to the gas chambers on arrival at Auschwitz. Houston Chronicle, "3-year-old Cleveland girl credited for saving mom’s life by calling 9-1-1," 31 May 2018

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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: a room in which prisoners are killed by poisonous gas

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