Definition of Sonderkommando in English:

Sonderkommando

noun

historical
  • A detachment of prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp responsible for cremating the dead.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in German Extermination Camps—Auschwitz & Birkenau. From German Sonderkommando, specific use of Sonderkommando military authority with a special responsibility, special military detachment from sonder- separate, special + Kommando command, group of people under a single command, (military) detachment.

Pronunciation

Sonderkommando

/ˈzɒndəkəˌmandəʊ/