The Nazi concentration camps of WW2 saw millions of people imprisoned and murdered by Hitler’s immoral regime. The Nazis imprisoned all who they considered to be ‘undesirable’ - Jews, socialists, Romanies, homosexuals, political opponents and others they considered to be ‘defective’.
These concentration camps and their successor extermination camps saw millions of people killed, including six million Jews, two-thirds of those who resided in Europe before the war.
Today, a number of concentration camps have been preserved as a warning from history and to ensure the world does not forget this terrible crime.
A list of some of the prominent concentration camps can be found below and a concentration camps map is above. Click on the title of each concentration camp for further information.
Auschwitz Birkenau was the largest Nazi concentration camp or death camp during WWII and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dachau Concentration Camp was a Nazi concentration camp in Germany and one of the first camps to be established. In total, around 41,500 people were murdered at Dachau.
A Nazi concentration camp near Lublin, Poland, KZ Majdanek was operational from 1941 to 1944. By the time it was liberated 78,000 people had been killed there.
Mauthausen Concentration Camp was a notorious Nazi internment camp in Austria. Prisoners were subject to numerous atrocities, including starvation, torture, overcrowding and slave labour and almost 120,000 people were murdered.
Sachsenhausen was a Nazi concentration camp located outside Berlin. Estimates put the number killed at Sachsenhausen at between 30,000 and 35,000.
Theresienstadt was a concentration camp set up by the Nazis during WW2 where over 30,000 prisoners died and at least 80,000 others were sent to death camps such as Auschwitz.