death camp

death camp

noun
a concentration camp in which the inmates are unlikely to survive or to which they have been sent to be executed.

Origin:
1940–45

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death camp
 
n
a concentration camp in which the conditions are so brutal that few prisoners survive, or one to which prisoners are sent for execution

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death camp
1944, in reference to the Nazis, from death + camp. Probably translating Ger. Todeslager; they also were known as extermionation camps (Ger. Vernichtungslager); historians usually count six of them: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chełmno, Bełżec, Majdanek, Sobibór, Treblinka.
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death camp

Nazi German concentration camp that specialized in the mass annihilation (Vernichtung) of unwanted persons in the Third Reich and conquered territories. The camps' victims were mostly Jews but also included Roma (Gypsies), Slavs, alleged mental defectives, and others. The extermination camps played a central role in the Holocaust.

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