The phenomenon of camps used by governments to forcibly incarcerate civilians – its own citizens, aliens or natives in occupied countries – did not begin with Nazi Germany; rather, it is a notable trend of modern centralized states that began to evolve at the end of the nineteenth century. The use of this tool of oppression and terror expanded and accelerated under the totalitarian states from the 1920s, and in Nazi Germany it reached an unprecedented extent. The number of camps of all kinds – "reeducation camps," transit camps, forced labor camps, and concentration and extermination camps – already before but especially during WWII numbered more than 40,000. During the Third Reich period, the term concentration camp – KL, or often KZ – turned itself into an effective threat used by the authorities.
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