In the Stalin’s Russia, some people who were late to work three times were sent to a hard labour camp for three years as punishment gulaghistory.org/nps/onli…
In 1945 Roman Catholic nun Elise Rivet volunteered to go to the gas chamber in place of a mother at the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Less than two months before Germany surrendered she was killed at the age of 55. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3…
Johann Trollmann who was a gypsy boxing champion put in a labour camp in Nazi Germany, was forced to fight against a feared ex-criminal and prison guard and won despite being malnourished and exhausted. The still bitter prison guard sought revenge by murdering Johann with a shovel later. fightland.vice.com/blog/g…
During World War 2, over 120 000 Japanese Americans were held in concentration camps around America, most without any reason except their race. It wasn't publicly acknowledged as a human rights violation by the US government until four decades later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The BBC almost didn't air the first report from the Belsen concentration camp as they couldn't believe its content. They only relented when journalist Richard Dimbleby threatened to resign if they didn't. bbc.co.uk/archive/richard…
Between 80,000 and 200,000 Freemasons were killed under the Nazi regime. Masonic concentration camp inmates were classified as political prisoners and wore an inverted red triangle. Hitler believed Freemasons had succumbed to Jews conspiring against Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned of Eva Umlauf, a Jew who arrived in Auschwitz at the age of two in 1944. Despite her young age, she was tattooed with her camp number: A26959. Getting it was so painful, that she passed out. Her mother was a digit lower. Eva thinks she was the youngest child to have been tattooed who survived. theguardian.com/world/201…
The Nazis ordered 2 Auschwitz prisoners to destroy thousands of inmate mugshot photographs as the camp was evacuated in 1945. The inmates recognized the importance of that evidence and sabotaged the furnace thus saving 38,916 photos. auschwitz.org/en/museum/a…
Between 1989-1992, comedian John Candy had a 40 episode cartoon called Camp Candy, starring as the animated version of himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
The Vatican is accused by Serbs, Jews and Roma of laundering millions of dollars of stolen gold and jewelry, plundered from concentration camp prisoners in Croatia, immediately after WW2. It is also alleged that they helped several notorious Nazi leaders hide and escape americamagazine.org/conte…
Today I learned of Gad Beck, a Jew who borrowed a neighbour’s Hitler Youth uniform in 1942 and snuck into a pre-deportation camp to rescue his lover, Manfred Lewin. He got Lewin released by lying to the camps CO. Outside, Lewin said he couldn’t abandon his family and went back. Lewin and his family all died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gad…
Today I learned of the Association of German National Jews, a Jewish organisation that supported Hitler and the Nazi party until it was declared illegal, dissolved and their founder imprisoned in one of the earliest concentration camps. buzzflash.com/articles/ye…
The most decorated regiment during WW2 were the Japanese Americans despite having their families locked up in concentration camps, fighting in major campaigns in Northern France, Italy, and Germany encyclopedia.densho.org/4…
Georg GΓ€rtner, a nazi soldier, escaped from a prison camp in New Mexico by hopping on a freight train. He evaded the FBI for 40 years by falsifying his identity. He went public after his wife became frustrated over his refusal to talk about his past and threatened him with divorce. coloradoan.com/story/life…
Today I learned of "The Hole", a prison camp led by Scientology. One former prisoner reported that she had to stand in a rubbish bin for hours while executives screamed in her face and poured water over her. mamamia.com.au/the-hole-s…
Roberto Benigni, writer and director of Life Is Beautiful, was inspired to make the film based on his father’s recollection of his two-year experience in a concentration camp, which he told humorously to help him cope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lif…
An operation in the Spring of 1945 named β€œWhite Buses” was organized by the Swedish Red Cross and Danish Govt to rescue people in concentration camps. Using white buses with the Red Cross seal they were able to get over 15,000 people to safety in neutral Switzerland wikipedia.org/wiki/White_…
Most Walmart's allow people to camp in their parking lot overnight for free. cheatsheet.com/money-care…
Paul Newman, Actor and Founder of Newman’s Own, also founded a summer camp called the Hole In The Wall Gang. It is a summer camp for seriously ill children of all ages, free of charge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
The last mass execution in the US happened during WW2 when 7 German POWs in Arizona were executed for murdering a fellow POW. The perpetrators knew that the victim had divulged secrets to the US so they murdered him the day he arrived at the camp. soar.wichita.edu/handle/1…
During the Cold War, the US built Camp Century, in Greenland - a supposed research facility under the Arctic ice that was actually part of a project to install nuclear missile sites. It was abandoned and environmental hazards including waste from its nuclear reactor are now under the ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
To establish jurisdiction in the Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing (Lockerbie), Camp Zeist, a former United States Air Force base in the Netherlands, was, in 2000, temporarily declared sovereign territory (Exclave) of the United Kingdom, in order to allow the trial to take place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Nazis built a concentration camp on the isle of Alderney in the British isles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ald…
A pulp and paper mill in Ontario was a NAZI pow camp in WWII, and a captured navigator drew a map of the world by hand that is still there behind glass. northernontario.ctvnews.c…
Anne Frank was in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the same time as two of her pre-war friends. These two friends, Hanneli Goslar and Nanette Blitz, survived the Holocaust and are still alive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
In Battle of Wizna (1939), 700 Polish soldiers defended their fortified line for 3 days against 40,000 Germans. In the end, German forces broke through the line with 1400 casualties. For Poland, only around 70 Poles survived, got captured and eventually taken to camps vknagrani.com/blog/badass…
The U.S. has control over an island in the Indian Ocean which it got from the British who took it from Mauritius. It has a base on the island is named 'Footprint of Freedom' and the name of its camp is 'Camp Justice' while original inhabitants of the island are displaced from their homeland youtu.be/e1EymGBTl-A
Eunice Shriver Kennedy, JFKs older sister, founded an athletics camp in 1962 for children with intellectual disabilities. The camp would go on to evolve into the Special Olympics. specialolympics.org/about…
During WWII to further segregate the Japanese that were in interment camps, the US Government gave them a loyalty questionnaire asking people to serve in the military and swear allegiance. The young men who answered no to both were called "No-no Boys" and were vilified even to other Japanese. encyclopedia.densho.org/N…
Hedwig PorschΓΌtz rescued Jews during the Holocaust, was jailed in a concentration camp but was not honoured as an "unsung heroine" in West Berlin because she had been a prostitute and at the time they did not consider helping Jews an act of resistance. She died poor; no known photos of her exist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hed…
In 1943, the life of a 2 Β½ year old Jewish boy named Josef Schleifstein was saved after his father hid him in a large sack when they arrived at Buchenwald concentration camp. He was eventually found, but the guards took a liking to him and saw him as a "camp mascot". He survived the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Talk show host Jerry Springer’s parents were some of the Jews to get out of Germany before being sent to camps. His grandmother was one of the first to go to the gas chamber. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
During his time as a POW, Alexis Casdagli made numerous cross-stitches. One was so good that the Germans displayed them in his POW camp for everyone to see, unaware of a secret message stitched into his handiwork. The message, in Morse code, reads "God save the King" and "F*ck Hitler." telegraph.co.uk/news/9009…
Today I learned of Greek Jewish boxer and prisoner of Auschwitz, Salamo Arouch. He was forced to fight other prisoners for the guards entertainment. Losers of these fights were sent to the gas chambers. Salamo survived 2 years and won over 200 bouts, eventually being released when the camp was liberated. nytimes.com/2009/05/04/wo…
General Eisenhower, horrified by the concentration camps discovered as allied troops rolled into Nazi territory, ordered camera crews to document the grisly scenes. He also forced local government officials to tour the camps. Warning: This video is extremely graphic! youtu.be/xlhZe0uWYoo
That, once the Civil War began, Confederate general Robert E. Lee's plantation outside Washington DC was repurposed by the Lincoln administration to house a camp for escaped slaves. It contained a school, hospital, and cemetery, and it is now the site of Arlington National Cemetery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arl…
Today I learned about The Day The Clown Cried, directed and starring Jerry Lewis about a clown sent to a concentration camp. The ambitious 1972 film was plagued by problems in production and was never finished. Lewis' son donated an incomplete copy to the Library of Congress but won't be shown until 2025. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ben Stiller came up with the idea for "Tropic Thunder" while working on the set of Steven Spielberg's WW2 drama "Empire of the Sun" and seeing actors come back from "fake" Army boot camp and treating it like a real war experience. comingsoon.net/movies/fea…
Today I learned of a POW camp for German soldiers in Manitoba, Canada. The location was so remote, escape was virtually impossible. This meant that prisoners had a great deal of freedom, including being allowed to date girls from a nearby town and attend dances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, which gave $20,000 reparations to every Japanese-American (and their descendants) who got sent to internment camps in World War 2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
A Nazi judge who's job was investigating corruption and irregularities in the SS, discovered a death camp hosting a Jewish wedding, attended by over 1,000 guests, including members of the SS. holocaustresearchproject.…
Fidel Castro established concentration camps for gay people because he considered homosexuality as inherently counterrevolutionary and as bourgeois decadence thedailybeast.com/fidel-c…
In 1952, West Germany agreed to reparations and paid Israel 3.45 billion deutsche marks, or more than $7 billion in today’s dollars for psychological trauma, for offense to Jewish honor, for life insurance, and for time spent in concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
It wasn't just the Japanese in WWII that were rounded up into internment camps. Resident German nationals and GermanAmerican citizens were rounded up in both WWI and WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Gay men incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps during World War II were forced back into prison even after the Allied forces won that conflict. snopes.com/fact-check/gay…
In January 2009, an Al-Qaeda training camp in Algeria was reportedly wiped out by the plague. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Naftaly Frenkel was a prisoner in a Soviet Union work camp who proposed that inmates' food rations be linked to their rate of production. He was promoted to guard and eventually commandant. He would later oversee construction of the White Sea–Baltic Canal by forced labor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naf…
There's a fearsome creature in North American mythology that's basically a little puppy in the shape of an axe, and it hops about from camp to camp to eat the axehandles belonging inattentive lumberjacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axe…
The actor who played French WW2 POW Cpl LeBeau in 1960s sitcom β€œHogan’s Heroes” is a French Jew who survived imprisonment in the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Katy Perry's uncle directed the camp classic "Mommie Dearest" and the cult fave "The Swimmer" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned of the sport of Extreme Ironing. Exponents take ironing boards to extreme locations and iron garments there. Performances have taken place while doing activities such as skiing, surfboarding, diving and marathon running. Two extreme ironers ironed a Union Jack above Everest base camp in 2003. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext…
Mt. Everest was climbed in 10h 56m by Lakpa Gelu Sherpa, who is said to have left base camp, summitted, and returned in just over 18 hours. thehimalayantimes.com/kat…
In accordance with his wishes, the body of George Carlin was cremated, and the ashes scattered in front of various nightclubs he played in New York City and over Spofford Lake, in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, where he attended summer camp as an adolescent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about Ralph Lazo, the only known non-spouse, non-Japanese American who voluntarily relocated to an internment camp. When Lazo learned that his Japanese American friends and neighbors were being forcibly removed, he was so outraged that he joined friends on a train that took hundreds to Manzanar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ral…
Nazi Prisoners built a raft and escaped their POW camp. Only to find that the Salt River had run dry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
, Joseph Beyrle, an American Paratrooper, fought for both the US and the Soviet Union in WW2. He was captured in Normandy, sent to a POW Camp, escaped, joined the Red Army and liberated the camp he had just escaped from. He later met Marshal Zhukov and won the Purple Heart for his Service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Frank Sheeran, the mob hitman whose life is depicted in Martin Scorsese's film "The Irishman," participated in the Dachau Massacre, during which scores of SS concentration camp guards were executed en masse by U.S. G.I.s after the camp was liberated in April 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Georges Charpak was awarded the 1992 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention and development of particle detectors. In 1944 he was deported to the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, where he remained until the camp was liberated in 1945 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about the Sobibor uprising, the largest and most successful mass-escape of prisoners from a concentration camp during WW2 history.co.uk/article/the…
In 1977, three girl scouts were killed at camp. Less than 2 months earlier, some doughnuts were stolen from the camp. The thief left behind a hand written note. In it, he vowed to kill 3 campers. It was dismissed as a prank. A suspect was arrested but acquitted. The case remains unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okl…
Vlad III (Vlad III Dracula) got the name Vlad the Impaler mainly because he would impale thousands of his enemies (Turks) in front of his camps including women and children, so many that Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed II seized with amazement at one point decided to withdraw his invasion of Wallachia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Today I learned of Vitka Kempner, a Polish Jew who was part of a resistance group called the Avengers in WWII-she wrecked a train line with a homemade bomb, smuggled weapons, and sabotaged buildings. Post-war, she poisoned 3,000 loaves of bread meant for German SS officers at a prison camp. 1,900 fell ill. facinghistory.org/resourc…
The first pocket calculator [Curta (Type I) mechanical calculator] was invented by the Jewish inventor Curt Herzstark in Buchenwald concentration camp during WWII. The Nazis planned to make a present of it to Hitler as a gift after the successful end of the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cur…
A group of escaped German POWs returned to Camp Ozada in Alberta, Canada voluntarily after encountering a grizzly bear readingandremembrance.ca/…
Lethbridge Alberta had the second largest POW camp in North America during WW2 galtmuseum.com/articles/2…
With the US entry into WWI, German nationals were automatically classified "enemy aliens." Some 250,000 people in that category were required to register and carry registration cards. A total of 2,048 were incarcerated for the remainder of the war in two camps in Utah and Georgia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
A German POW in the US escaped his New Mexico camp in 1945 and stayed on the run for 40 years, before giving himself up after confessing to his American wife. coloradoan.com/story/life…
In guide dog "training camp", puppies with the least attention from the mother dog were the most likely to become guide dogs; whereeas puppies who received the most licks and milk from mom tended to be seeing-eye dog washouts. latimes.com/science/scien…
The 1918 flu was introduced to Philadelphia from nearby Army camps during a parade to promote war bonds. Within weeks of the parade, the flu killed over 12,000 city residents smithsonianmag.com/histor…
After the cancellation of the 1944 Olympics, Polish prisoners of war being held in the Nazi Oflag II-C POW camp staged their own unofficial Olympics games. They made their own flag from a bed sheet, an opening ceremony was held and even a commemorative stamp was printed by the camp post office. history.com/news/the-olym…
Today I learned about "Nakam" an organization of 50 holocaust survivors who plotted to kill 6 million Germans as revenge for the holocaust. They were able to poison 3,000 loaves of bread eaten by Nazi POW's in an American camp, sickening 2000 prisoners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Hogan's Heroes (set in a German prisoner of war camp) is the longest running American series set in WWII en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hog…
During world war 2, members of Japanese segregation camps in America would be investigated for their loyalty to Japan. chroniclingamerica.loc.go…
The political "Left" and "Right" picked those sides in 1789, when French revolutionaries in the National Assembly decided which side of the room they would sit on. "So as to avoid the shouts, oaths, and indecencies that enjoyed free rein in the opposing camp." -Baron de Gauville en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lef…
The movie "The Great Escape" was based on a real event where hundreds of prisoners came together and dug tunnels to escape a POW camp during World War II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned about LΓͺ Minh Đảo. A South Vietnamese general who led a last stand against the PAVN. After the war ended, he spent 17 years in a "re-education camp" before seeking asylum in the United States, where he worked as a restaurant manager en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C…
Today I learned of Joe Kieyoomia, Navajo serviceman in WWII, who survived Bataan death march, torture in Japanese POW camp, and then the atomic bombing of Nagasaki where he was protected by the cement walls of his cell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
In 1914 Capt Campbell, a British POW held in Germany, asked permission from Kaiser Wilhelm II to visit his dying mother in England. The Kaiser agreed, on the condition that Campbell return to the camp, which he did - and remained there until the war ended in 1918. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-2395760…
Sergio De Simone, a 7 yo child, was deported in 1944 to Auschwitz and was then sent to Neuengamme camp to be experimented on by nazi doctors (under the promise to see his mother again). He was murdered in 1945 with other 20 kids so that the Allies would not find proof of what was going on. kinder-vom-bullenhuser-da…
Geddy Lee’s (lead singer and bassist for Rush) parents met in a Nazi work camp, were both sent to Auschwitz. His fater was then sent to Dachau and his mother went to Bergen-Belsen. Both were liberated and eventually reunited. youtu.be/hPxwSF4CGyo
15 years after having been shot and left for dead during a forced march to a concentration camp, physicist Bruno Touschek initiated and drove the development of AdA -- the world's first antimatter storage ring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
The film "The Killing Fields" cast a real life survivor of the Cambodian Genocide. Hang S. Ngor survived three terms in Cambodian Prison camp by eating insects. He went on to win an Academy Award for supporting actor. His fate ended by being murdered my an LA street gang in 1996. biography.com/people/hain…
Today I learned about Haing S. Ngor - a Cambodian doctor who was sent to a Khmer Rouge concentration camp in 1975, was tortured for 4 years, escaped in 1979, won an Oscar in 1985, wrote an acclaimed memoir in 1988, started a charity in 1990, and was murdered by an LA gang in 1996. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
That, in addition to interning its own citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII, the United States pressured other countries to send their ethnic Japanese citizens to U.S. internment camps. Most of these came from Peru. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
During WW2, nazi Croatia had a concentration camp specifically designed for children. Out of 6,693 children that were forcefully taken there from Serbian, Jewish and Roma parents, 1,152 died in the camp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Geddy Lee's parents were Holocaust survivors and met in a concentration camp. youtube.com/watch?v=hPxwS…
A Croatian friar and also a nazi collaborator Petar Brzica had a bet with two other guards over who could murder more concentration camp prisoners in one night. He won the contest using a knife (also called a "Serbcutter") and managed to murder anywhere from 670 to 1100 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In 1918, the Canadian government made membership in the Industrial Workers of the World illegal. The maximum sentence for membership in the IWW was five years to be served in one of 24 internment camps. canadianlabour.ca/industr…
Peter van Pels, Anne Frank's boyfriend, died only five days after the Mauthausen concentration camp, where he had been imprisoned, was liberated by the US army. He was 19 years old. The cause of death was most likely a combination of severe exhaustion and malnourishment. annefrank.org/en/anne-fra…
If you were condemned to death in a Nazi medical experiment but later resurrected in another Nazi medical experiment you would be "pardoned to concentration camp for life" nuremberg.law.harvard.edu…
American Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini commissioned into the United States Army Air Force 1941, crashed and drifted at sea for 47 days before landing on occupied Marshall Islands, was taken to a Japanese prison camp where he was held and tortured until the war ended in August 1945. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
The Allies considered bombing Auschwitz in an effort to stop operations at the concentration camp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aus…
Today I learned about Horace Greasley, a British POW who escaped a German POW camp more than 200 times in five years to visit his girlfriend, a local woman named Rosa Rauchbauch. He returned each time with contraband for his fellow captives telegraph.co.uk/news/obit…
Members of Lewis & Clark's expedition took mercury-bearing pills to "treat" constipation and other conditions, and thus left mercury deposits wherever they dug their latrines. These mercury signals have been used to pinpoint some of the 600 camps on the voyage. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1897, 3 Swedes attempted to be the first people to reach the North Pole. They travelled by hot air balloon but crashed after 65 hours. 33 years later, a ship discovered their camp, along with their dead bodies, journal, and camera. They'd survived for weeks by killing and eating polar bears. bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazin…
In 1921 private police in the US dropped bombs and tear gas on a coal miners camp when they went on strike for better working conditions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about the Battle of Maritsa, where 800 ottomans were able inflict heavy casualties and even route a ~60000 strong Serbian army. They had achieved this by attacking the Serbian camp at night. They had even managed to kill the Serbian king, King VukaΕ‘in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about an polar balloon expedition in 1897. For 33 years the fate of the AndrΓ©e expedition remained one of the unsolved riddles of the Arctic. The chance discovery in 1930 of the expedition's last camp created a media sensation in Sweden, where the dead men had been mourned and idolized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
There exists a bodyguard crew of rangers in Belize, known as the Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team, who camp out in inclement weather, night and day for the 5-month long portion of the Scarlet Macaw breeding season when chicks are being cared for, dedicated to stopping insane poaching levels. audubon.org/magazine/spri…
Today I learned about Yoshio Nakamura. An American Citizen of Japanese decent who was sent to an interment camp during WWII but enlisted in the army and fought in Italy to break the German line. He used his GI bill to earn a degree to become a teacher but school districts wouldn't hire him due to his heritage. whittierdailynews.com/201…

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