One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A place in which large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labour or to await mass execution. The term is most strongly associated with the several hundred camps established by the Nazis in Germany and occupied Europe 1933–45, among the most infamous being Dachau, Belsen, and Auschwitz.
- ‘He missed most of the fighting through Germany but his unit was sent to the concentration camp at Dachau.’
- ‘The following year he was charged with receiving survivors of the Belsen concentration camp upon their arrival in the UK.’
- ‘They looked like they had come out of a Nazi concentration camp.’
- ‘He was arrested and ended up in the Dachau concentration camp (which he survived).’
- ‘I went by a local park the other day and it looked like a concentration camp crossed with a mass murder scene.’
- ‘He was arrested by the German occupying forces in Amsterdam in 1942 and taken to the concentration camp in Auschwitz.’
- ‘Novales said there were about 1,200 prisoners inside the Davao concentration camp.’
- ‘He was subsequently arrested by the Nazis and imprisoned in a concentration camp, where he died.’
- ‘Last week, Michael Howard described the murder of his grandmother in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.’
- ‘The fate of the concentration camp commandants and the prison guards has never been made public.’
- ‘The town of Auschwitz was outside the concentration camp area.’
- ‘My dad was imprisoned in a concentration camp for having opposing opinions to other people who were around in our street.’
- ‘This week the concentration camp survivor returned to Auschwitz to encourage the world never to forget the horrors of those dark days.’
- ‘A standard concentration camp such as Dachau was divided into five departments.’
- ‘Liddell died of a brain tumour while a prisoner in a Japanese concentration camp in Weifang in 1945.’
- ‘Buildings were destroyed and concentration camp inmates sent on forced marches away from the death camps.’
- ‘In the Second World War he was imprisoned in the concentration camp at Buchenwald.’
- ‘She turns to casual sexual encounters and tattoos her arm in the manner of a concentration camp prisoner.’
- ‘Elsewhere in Europe, a mass to remember the Holocaust victims was held at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.’
- ‘The plant reportedly used the concentration camp's inmates as slave labor.’
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