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Internment camps are not new in world history; during several periods, such as during the past century’s colonial wars and World War II, they were used as a means of neutralizing enemies or for racial cleansing. Most famous are probably the internment camps, which later became concentration camps or extermination camps, used by the Nazis in their ideological policy for the supremacy of the Aryan race during World War II. Other examples include Russian gulags, or forced labor camps, which were a recognized instrument of political repression during Joseph Stalin’s rule, and in the United States, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Japanese Americans living in the West Coast were evacuated from their homes to internment camps.

Internment camps have been condemned ...

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