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.
More example sentences
- The town of Auschwitz was outside the concentration camp area.
- In the Second World War he was imprisoned in the concentration camp at Buchenwald.
- Last week, Michael Howard described the murder of his grandmother in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
Definition of concentration camp in:
- The US English dictionary