Concentration Camps Are Older Than World War II


From Origin Of Everything.

We’re all familiar with the haunting images of the concentration camps of World War II. But the history of those concentration camps extends back to the late 19th. century and the invention of barbed wire and automatic rifle. Today Danielle looks at the grim origin of concentration and internment camps and the various countries (including Spain, Great Britain, and the United States), who used similar tactic long before the Nazi Regime.

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