The Holocaust

Concentration Camps

Introducing the camps.

Concentration camps were places that prisoners in World War II were sent to, to be put into work, to be tortured, or to be killed. They were kept in very harsh conditions with no rights at all. Hitler sent Jews, Romanians, Soviets, Homosexuals, and even more to concentration camps. They were sent there because they were “different” from all the Nazi’s rule. They were “different” because they did not look/do what Hitler wanted them to. Sometimes, even his own German people! The Nazis (Hitler's army) would abuse them, starve them, and even gas them.


How did the first Concentration camps start out?

Between 1934 and 1944, Nazis Germany established about twenty thousand camps to imprison its millions of victims. They were called concentration camps because those imprisoned they were physically “concentrated” in one location. Hitler wanted everyone to do what he says and follow him. If not, people would be sent to concentration camps.
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Forced-labor camps!

Following the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, the Nazis opened forced-labor camps where thousands of prisoners died from exhaustion, starvation, and exposure. In some camps, Nazi doctors performed medical experiments with the prisoners. To facilitate the “final solution”, the Nazis established killing centers in Poland. It was in Poland because that was the largest Jewish population at the time. But the killing centers were designed for efficient murder.

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Killing Centers!

Over a million Jews, and tens of thousands of Romanians and Soviet prisoners were killed by November 1943. Chelmo, one of the first killing center, was operated in December. Jews and Romanians were gassed with mobil gasses here. The Nazis constructed gas chambers to increase killing efficiencies and to make the process more impersonal for the perpetrates. The largest killing center was Auschwitz Birkenau, which by spring had four gas chambers operated. six thousand Jews were gassed each day. The gassed they used was hydrogen cyanide. This gas makes the cells in your body use any oxygen, and then die. The heart, respiratory system, and central nervous system are most susceptible to cyanide poisoning.