Definition of a Kapo (Hannah #62) - 2nd try - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 13.07.07 | 02:58 (IDT)

    Hannah, there seems to be not much relation between your definition and and the reality of the "camps". I never heard of the Dictionary of World War II and now I must wonder who the publisher is. Here is the Wikipedia definition: "Kapo was a term used for certain prisoners who worked inside the Nazi concentration camps during World War II in various lower administrative positions. The German word may mean "foreman" and "non-commissioned officer", and is derived from French for "Corporal" (fr:Caporal) or the Italian word capo. Kapos received more privileges than normal prisoners, towards whom they were often brutal." And here is a similar definition from a glossary library.thinkquest.org/12663/glossary.html : "Kapo Short for Kameraden Polizei, these were prisoners forced to supervise their comrades and act violently less they themselves be killed."

    from the article: Spoiling for a fight
    First published 00:00 12.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.07.07
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