POW camp

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A prisoner of war camp is a prison , often in the form of a barrack camp , for enemy soldiers ( prisoners of war ) captured during and immediately after a war .

International treaties , such as the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War , are intended to ensure minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners. These are monitored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The contracts are also intended to avoid confusing prisoner-of-war camps with labor camps .

The German prisoner-of-war camps in World War II were divided into main camps (abbreviation: Stalag) to accommodate the "crew tribe " ( men and officers ) and detention camps for enemy officers (abbreviation: Oflag ).

Displaced Persons (DPs) who were housed in DP camps after the end of the war did not fall under the term prisoner of war. It could well be that former prisoners of war were housed in DP camps.


See also


Prisoner of War # Literature

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