Concentration Camps Differences

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Similarities Between Relocation and Concentration Camps: Contrary to popular belief, German extermination (also concentration) and American Japanese relocation camps actually had many similarities. The comparisons between the camps are indisputable. Although the separate camps had their differences, the similarities outweighed them. Both concentration and relocation camps treated their inmates poorly for almost no reason at all. The similarities in the acts that took place are jaw-dropping, and utterly brutal. The facts about both types of camps will undoubtedly prove the relationships between the centers. Although concentration camps were believed to be brutal, relocation camps were no paradise. There were many locations for both relocation…show more content…
These differences include the people inside the camps, as well as the managing of the camps. “In all, the WRA had under its jurisdiction over a hundred million dollars worth of government property and within the camps confined all together 119,803 men, women, and children, almost two-thirds of them (64.9 percent) American born” (Drinnon, 8). This is much different from the Nazi run concentration camps, in which many inmates were not even recorded, mostly due to extermination before recording them. Piper wrote that the Nazis tried to erase any evidence of their crimes at the Auschwitz death camp, and in doing so they destroyed evidence that could have determined the number of victims. When the camps were liberated, only 100,000 deaths could be confirmed, but survivors reported millions of deaths (Piper 2, 61). Another difference between the two types of camps is that concentration camps were built and meant to kill, while relocation camps were meant to relocate the people during a time of desperation. In the concentration camps, it is said that women and children made up a large portion of the deaths. “Jewish women and children probably constituted more than half of all the victims murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Together with women of other nationalities, they made up about 30 percent of all prisoners registered in the camp” (Strzelecka 393). It is hard to say why women and children were so commonly subjected to death, but speculation leads one to conclude that it could be due to the fact that the men were more fit for work, and they only kept those who were fit for work alive. In the German concentration camps, many immoral acts took place. “Newborns were killed either by injecting them with phenol or by drowning. Others died after several days because of malnutrition, disease, or the cold” (Kubica 421). This fact is utterly immoral and makes

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