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Sonderkommando

[zon-der-kuh-man-doh; German zawn-duhr-kaw-mahn-daw]
noun (in World War II Nazi concentration camps)
  1. 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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Origin of Sonderkommando

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