- a concentration camp in which the inmates are unlikely to survive or to which they have been sent to be executed.
Origin of death camp
First recorded in 1940–45
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- 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
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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