The Times of Israel featured a news report today with the headline:
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This quote is from the news report: “Millions and millions of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered in Nazi death camps, Treblinka and Auschwitz.”
So that’s what happened during World War II? Prisoners of War were murdered at Treblinka and Auschwitz.
Were any of the Nazis ever charged with killing Prisoners of War at Treblinka or Auschwitz? Not that I know of.
I searched and searched on Wikipedia (the official website for the history of the Holocaust) and found nothing about Prisoners of War being sent to Treblinka and Auschwitz to be murdered.
Reid might have selected the name Treblinka to mention because this camp has been in the news recently.
The photo above shows the symbolic cemetery, which is located on a knoll, at the top of a gentle slope, on the site of the former Treblinka extermination camp. The symbolic cemetery is a large circular area with 17,000 stones of various sizes and colors set into concrete. When I visited Treblinka in October 1998, my tour guide told me that 130 of the stones have the names of the cities or towns from which the victims were deported to the death camp.
Strangely, there are no stones in honor of the Prisoners of War who were murdered at Treblinka, according to Harry Reid.
My tour guide informed me that the ashes of the 800,000 people who were murdered here were dumped in this area and are now hidden underneath the concrete of the symbolic cemetery and by the grass and tiny flowers which cover the area.
One of the 17,000 symbolic stones represents the city of Kielce in central Poland, where 42 Jews were killed by a mob of Polish citizens in a pogrom on July 4, 1946, long after the Nazi occupation of Poland had ended.
Since my visit to Treblinka in 1998, I have learned that some tour guides now tell visitors that the number of 17,000 stones in the symbolic cemetery represents the highest number of Jews that were gassed in a single day when the camp was in operation. Others say that the number 17,000 represents the number of Jewish communities that were destroyed in the Holocaust.
The photo above shows a stone, in the symbolic cemetery at Treblinka, which was placed there in honor of Janusz Korczak, the only person to have his name on a stone. There are 17,000 stones in the symbolic cemetery and 700 of them represent the Jewish communities in Poland that were destroyed in the Holocaust. Most of the stones are small and have no writing on them. In the foreground of the photo is the stone for the victims from the town of Staszow in Poland.
Harry Reid should raise money for a stone to be put at Treblinka, in honor of the Prisoners of War who were murdered there.
The man shown in the photo above is Kurt Franz, notorious Nazi war criminal, who was the last Commandant of Treblinka. He was such a nice man that the prisoners nicknamed him Lalka, the Yiddish word for “Doll.” Is this the guy who killed Prisoners of War at Treblinka?