Origin of Everything

Concentration Camps Are Older Than World War II

Season 3 Episode 12 | 10m 7s  | Video has closed captioning.

The history of the World War II concentration camps extends back to the late 19th. century and the invention of barbed wire and the automatic rifle. Danielle looks at the grim origin of concentration and internment camps and the various countries (including Spain, Great Britain, and the United States), who used similar tactics long before the Nazi Regime.

Aired: 08/03/20

Rating: NR


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Editor’s Note (Sept. 15, 2022): The rifles described in this episode, which are now commonly referred to as repeating rifles, were a precursor to modern-day automatic rifles.