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A Capo (or Kapo) was a prisoner trusted by the SS and given various duties and privileges. At many camps Capos were in charge of the distribution of food in a block (at the the camp) and had the right to whip prisoners for minor breaches of discipline.

One of the more revolting features of the Holocaust was that the victims, viewed collectively, were forced to collaborate with their own destruction.

A few Capos seem to have collaborated quite happily(!), and some were tried and convicted of various crimes after the war. A few were hanged.


A concentration camp prisoner who took charge of other prisoners for the Nazis in order to gain personal power or advantage from his or her captors.


Kapos were the inmate trustees who carried out the instructions of the
camp commandants and concentration camp guards.

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A Polish kapo was a kapo (overseer of the prisoners in concentration camps) that was Polish.

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When was Hysni Kapo born?

Hysni Kapo was born in 1915.

When did Hysni Kapo die?

Hysni Kapo died in 1979.

What was a pipel in the Holocaust?

In Nazi concentration camps a pipel was a boy (usually in early adolescence) kept by an SS guard or a kapo for sex. This was tolerated at some camps.

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Kapo Manto's birth name is Kalle Arvid Mattsson.

When was Kapo Manto born?

Kapo Manto was born on July 5, 1919, in Hmeenkyr, Finland.

When did Kapo Manto die?

Kapo Manto died on November 19, 1977, in Turku, Finland.

What part of speech is kapo?

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What does the word Kapo mean?

Kapo n - In a Concentration Camp a Prison, usually a criminal is put in charge of a work group or other prisoners.

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Put the capo on the second fret and use the "C" chord configuration - this is equivalent to a "D" with no capo.

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Idek was a Kapo. He was the one Elie saw with the polish girl half naked. Being a Kapo idek was a prisoner but was forced to work.

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'capo' means 'head' in Italian.