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The Camps as Instruments of Social and Political Terror

During the first months of Nazi rule, the Nazis governed through laws and regulations, which stemmed from the "state of emergency" that they had declared. The use of violence, a major tool of Nazi party activity became an important instrument in the Nazi State. Violence was employed openly in the streets, as well as in the unofficial camps to which opponents of the regime were taken, beaten and sometimes even murdered. Gradually, other categories of prisoners whose character or activities were inconsistent with Nazi views - such as criminals, homosexuals, homeless vagrants, members of certain religious groups and others - were also transferred to the camps.

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