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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