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Concentration Camps

Concentration camps were implemented by the Nazis as early as 1933 and were used continuously until 1945. Most concentration camps were established in Poland, though there were several concentration camps within Germany. There were several kinds of concentration camps: transportation camps, prisoners of war camps, political prisoner camps, work camps, and killing camps. It is widely known that millions of Jews were killed within the barbed wire of these concentration camps, however Nazis performed numerous medical experiments on thousands of prisoners in atleast seven of the concentration camps. These medical experiments resulted in many injuries and often in death.

It is important to note that at every camp presented, Germans forced the prisoners on mass death marches before liberation, resulting in the deaths of thousands of prisoners. Many liberators were welcomed with the sight of dead bodies surrounding the camp and in actuality, there were very few survivors.