Sonderkommando

[ zon-der-kuh-man-doh; German zawn-duhr-kaw-mahn-daw ]
/ ˈzɒn dər kəˌmæn doʊ; German ˈzɔn dər kɔˈmɑn dɔ /

noun (in World War II Nazi concentration camps)

a group of prisoners assigned to collect belongings and dispose of the bodies of other prisoners who had died or been killed.

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decorum
Compare Kapo.

Origin of Sonderkommando

< German: special detachment, equivalent to sonder- separate, special + Kommando detachment, mission, command < Italian commando; see command, commando
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