Nazi Concentration Camps were established before the outbreak of
World War II. Jews as well as Sinti and Roma (previously known as "Gypsies")
were incarcerated in these camps due to their race or for "defiling" the Aryan
race, and were subjected to brutal treatment. Following the Nazi expansion to
the East, a substantial increase of camp inmates produced a hierarchical system
in these camps, with the Jews at the bottom of the hierarchy. The camps were
used as a tool for instituting the new racial order that the Germans imposed in
the East as part of a deliberate policy of eliminating "undesirables".
important development of Nazi Racial Policy was the imprisonment of the Sinti
and Roma in concentration camps after being incarcerated in communal camps in
the 1930s. In 1942 a Sinti and Roma camp was especially formed in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The development of the camp system was an integral part of enforcing the Nazi
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