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death camp

noun
1.
a concentration camp in which the inmates are unlikely to survive or to which they have been sent to be executed.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
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British Dictionary definitions for death-camp

death camp

noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for death-camp

death camp

n.

1944, in reference to the Nazis, probably translating German Todeslager; they also were known as extermination camps (German Vernichtungslager); historians usually count six of them: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chełmno, Bełżec, Majdanek, Sobibór, Treblinka.

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Encyclopedia Article for death-camp

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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