extermination camp


extermination 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.

Learn more about extermination camp with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: extermination
Next Definition: exterminative
Words Near: extermination camp
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for extermination camp
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing extermination camp
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature