Concentration camps are often inaccurately compared to a prison in modern society. But concentration camps, unlike prisons, were independent of any judicial review. Nazi concentration camps served three main purposes:
- To incarcerate people whom the Nazi regime perceived to be a security threat. These people were incarcerated for indefinite amounts of time.
- To eliminate individuals and small, targeted groups of individuals by murder, away from the public and judicial review.
- To exploit forced labor of the prisoner population. This purpose grew out of a labor shortage.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (2019, June 27). Concentration camps, 1933-3: Purposes of the camp system. https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/concentration-camps-1933-39
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