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Ordinary' concentration camps

The ordinary concentration camps, like Dachau and Buchenwald, were savage punishment camps primarily for opponents of the Nazi regime, and for later for members of foreign resistance movements. The prisoners were ill treated. There were frequent, prolonged roll-calls. The prisoners were severely beaten (sometimes tortured) for breaches of camp rules and had to do heavy manual labour on insuffucient food. The main prupose of these camps was to terrorize opponents. Some prisoners at Dachau were used for medical experiments. The death rates were high.

Death camps

At the harshest concentration camps - those classified by the Nazis as Grade 3, like Mauthausen - the prisoners were systematically worked to death.

Extermination camps

The extermination camps (Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka and the Birkenau section of Auschwitz and a part of Majdanek) were designed solely to exterminate. New arrivals were gassed soon after reaching these camps. Some prisoners at Auschwitz were used for medical experiments. 85-90% of the prisoners killed at these camps were Jews.

Multi-purpose camps

The most important of these were Auschwitz (from 1942 onwards) and Majdanek. On arrival, some prisoners were 'selected' for work on insufficient food and were worked to death, but most were gassed. Some were used for medical experiments.


In addition, there were transit camps.

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