- Sep 26, 2018
I disagree with Lauren Duca. There are several characteristics which are tied to the term concentration camp, which the camps in America have not met yet.This entire conversation is a tremendous disservice to our moral intelligencewww.independent.co.uk
I'm not advancing her in opposition to your position. Rather, I wondered if you wanted to respond to any of the points she makes in her article.
The first significant concentration camps in history (there were some before) were erected by the British Empire during the Second Boer war around 1900-1902 in South Africa.
The first German concentration camp, which became the blue print for all others, was opened up in Dachau in 1933. It was operational for over 12 years. There's a big difference between the British and German variant; some kind of development.
Well, typical for Dachau and others are high death rate (25% of the prisoners died), low hygiene standards, forced labor, inhumane medical experiments without agreement, abuse by the guardians of the camp, standing cells and other stuff. Their main purpose was to keep the prisoners away from society for a life time, more or less.
The next level of horror so to speak then where the extermination camps, like Auschwitz-Birkenau. Those were built explicitly to kill people in the gas chambers with Zyklon B, most notably the Jews, on an industrial level and unprecendented scale.
So while the American camps might share some similarities and inhumane practices, they have clearly not reached the inhumane practices yet which are being part of a WWII concentration camp, and people normally link to the term. So using this term for what's going on in America right now means nothing more and nothing less than a belittlement of the historic concentration camps during WWII.
The more proper word for what's going on would be internment camp.