Concentration Camp Research Paper

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What is a concentration camp? Why were jews forced to live in these very rough conditions? The term concentration camp refers to a camp where people were detained or confined, usually in very harsh conditions. In Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945 concentration camps were an integral feature of the regime.( Concentration Camps1) The first concentration camps in Germany were established soon after Hitler’s appointment as chancellor in January 1933. German authorities established camps all over Germany to handle the masses of people arrested as alleged subversives.There were two different types of camps. Death camps were set up mainly for the murder of Jews. Labor camps were camps in which Jews and non-Jews were put to forced labour, starved,…show more content…
As Nazi Germany expanded by bloodless conquest between 1938 and 1939, the numbers of those labeled as political opponents and social deviants increased, requiring the establishment of new concentration camp.( Concentration Camps2) Despite the need for forced labor, the SS authorities continued to under nourish and mistreat prisoners incarcerated in the concentration camps, deploying them so ruthlessly and without safety at forced labor, with such rates of mortality that many prisoners believed that they were in effect being “annihilated through work.” Because of the poor living conditions it caused many people to die. There was dehydration, starvation sickness, and despair throughout camps. The Jews were walking around wearing these poor living conditions as if it were an accessory. The first mass gassings were at Camp Belzec on March 17, 1942. In 1944 Germans started evacuating many death camps and sending the prisoners on so called ‘death marches.’ These death marches often lasted many weeks at a time. Up to 250,000 people died from the horrible and drastic conditions. After the war hundreds of graves were found alongside the marching routes. (Holocaust Death

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