gas chamber

noun

Definition of gas chamber

: a chamber in which prisoners are executed by poison gas

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Close to 1 million Jews—as well 122,000 Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war, and others—died here, most murdered in the gas chambers. Peggy Orenstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why I Took My Daughter to Auschwitz," 11 Oct. 2018 The Germans, needing slave labor in their drive to gobble up Europe, herded Jews into a constellation of camps — some in urban factories, some at sprawling sites like Auschwitz-Birkenau, known more for their gas chambers and crematories. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Sala Kirschner, 94, Whose Trove of Letters Told of the Holocaust, Dies," 13 Mar. 2018 Prior to the use of injections, other methods were used to execute incarcerated people: gas chambers, electric chairs, and firing squads. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 People put to death via the electric chair often suffered graphic burns, while those who were put into gas chambers visibly choked to death. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Alabama, Oklahoma and Mississippi all have laws that allow the use of death by nitrogen hypoxia, or gas chamber. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Future of lethal injection in doubt as critics, drug makers rebel against it," 31 July 2018 But catastrophe found her in the end: She was executed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz on January 4, 1945, just two weeks before Soviet forces liberated the camp. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 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

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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gas chamber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gas chamber

: a room in which prisoners are killed by poisonous gas

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