Definitions

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  • noun A prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp who was given food and privileges in return for supervising other prisoners doing forced labor.

Etymologies

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From German Kapo, from Italian capo

Examples

  • As a Jew, his mailbag since 9 / 11 has also included letters from readers who denounce him as a self-hater (later, at this office, he shows me one of these: its author, an MD with a Florida postcode, accuses him of being a 'kapo' - the kapo were concentration camp prisoners who worked for the Nazis in exchange for meagre privileges).

    Bloggers.Pakistan

  • B. RaekeYelverton, EnglandYour translation of the word "kapo" in the Feb. 18 article "Berlusconi, Take Three" is wrong.

    Turkey and the EU

  • If the 71-year-old former prime minister wins again — he's the front runner — he faces a new world, in which his reputation for sexist (he once invited foreign investors to consider Italy because of the beautiful secretaries) and racist (he called a German European Parliament member "kapo," slang for concentration-camp prisoner) comments could play badly with key allies.

    Berlusconi, Take Three

  • Rachel Neuwirth and her supporters owe Seidler-Feller and the entire Jewish community an apology for their repeated, incendiary references to Seidler-Feller as a "kapo" (a Jew who collaborated with Nazis in exterminating other Jews).

    My Not-So-Peaceful Encounter with the "Peace Camp"

  • Rachel Neuwith shouting "kapo" at Chaim Seidler-Feller is the primal Jewish scream against the return of the threat of annihilation.

    My Not-So-Peaceful Encounter with the "Peace Camp"

  • But even before last week's "kapo" outburst, he was unlikely to win European hearts and minds.

    Silvio Slips Up

  • Berlusconi, smiling gamely, told the German he would make a fine "kapo" at a Nazi concentration camp.

    Silvio Slips Up

  • Dershowitz posted on Harvard Law School's official website the insinuation that this writer's late mother was (or this writer believes she was) a "kapo" who had been "cooperating with the Nazis during the Holocaust."

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • Dershowitz posted on Harvard Law School's official website the insinuation that this writer's late mother was (or this writer believes she was) a "kapo" who had been "cooperating with the Nazis during the Holocaust."

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • Dershowitz posted on Harvard Law School's official website the insinuation that this writer's late mother was (or this writer believes she was) a "kapo" who had been "cooperating with the Nazis during the Holocaust."

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

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