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September 25, 2016

The Labor camp and the Death camp at Treblinka

Filed under: Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 6:18 pm

treblinkasign

The original sign at the Treblinka camp is shown in the photo above.

My photo of the location of the train station

My 1998 photo of the location of the train station at Treblinka

The Treblinka camp for Jews, during World War II, was divided into three sections. On the far left of the train platform where the Jews arrived [shown in the photo above] was the section where the guards and administrators lived.

The 1,000 Jews who worked at Treblinka lived in Camp 1 near the SS barrack where the Nazi guards lived. Today, only the area where the Jews were allegedly gassed and burned, has been preserved; the rest of the camp is now covered with trees. The whole camp covered about 22 acres but today’s visitors see an area that is only about 7 acres in size.

Stone with a map showing the direction to the labor camp and the death camp

My 1998 photo shows a stone with a map showing which way to the Treblinka labor camp and the way to the death camp

The photograph above shows a large memorial stone at the beginning of the cobblestone path which leads up to the site of the former Nazi death camp at Treblinka.

On the stone is a map showing a gravel pit in the center with the Treblinka labor camp to the left and the extermination camp to the right. On a real map, the gravel pit and the former labor camp are located to the south of the extermination camp.

The labor camp was in existence for about a year before the death camp was established at Treblinka. The labor camp was located about a mile from the death camp. When I visited the site of the camp in 1998, there was a group of students who were going to see the site of the labor camp. I was told by my tour guide that there was nothing to see there, so I did not join the tour.

Each of the six stones at the alleged death camp is inscribed with a different language including Hebrew, English and Polish. The inscription in English says that the camp was in operation from July 1942 to August 1943 and that during those 13 months, 800,000 Jews were killed there.

The inscription also mentions the Aug. 2, 1943 uprising, calling it the “armed revolt which was crashed [crushed] in blood by the Nazi hangmen.”

This gate into the camp was built for tourists after the war

My 1988 photo of the stone gate into Treblinka that was built for tourists

My photo above shows two stones placed at an angle to form a gate into the former Treblinka death camp. In the foreground, there are 6 memorial stones, set close together. [You can only see one of the stones in the photo.]

Each of the six stones is inscribed with a different language including Hebrew, English and Polish. The inscriptions say that the camp was in operation from July 1942 to August 1943 and that during those 13 months, 800,000 Jews were killed there.

It was this uprising, along with those at Sobibor and in the Warsaw ghetto, which allegedly motivated the Nazis to execute all the Jews at the Trawniki forced labor camp near Lublin, and all the Jews at the Poniatowa camp, in November 1943.

You can read more about Treblinka on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Treblinka/introduction.html

and at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Treblinka/Treblinka04.html

 

 

Treblinka memorial site is in today’s news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:24 am

The first place that I visited, when I started traveling to Holocaust sites in 1998, was Treblinka, a camp in Poland where it is claimed, by Holocaust True Believers, that millions of Jews were killed. Holocaust deniers claim that Treblinka was a transit camp. I believe that it was a transit camp, but what do I know?

My 1998 photo of the huge monument at Treblinka

My 1998 photo of a huge monument at Treblinka

The huge monument at Treblinka, shown in the photo above, is located on the spot where the Jews were allegedly killed. No one is allowed to dig anywhere near this monument to prove, or disprove, that bodies were buried there.

You can read a news story about a trip to Holocaust sites in Poland, taken recently by Pam Kancher, on this website: http://www.heritagefl.com/story/2016/09/23/features/there-but-for-the-grace-of-god-go-i/6856.html

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This past July, the Holocaust Center sponsored its first Jewish Heritage Tour to Poland and Prague. Thirty people joined me [Pam Karcher] on an emotional 10-day journey of reflection and remembrance. At our recent reunion we each shared a memory that stood out from all the rest. By far the most meaningful experience I had was visiting the Treblinka memorial.

Treblinka was the site of the Nazis’ second-largest extermination camp after Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is estimated that from July 1942 through November 1943 between 870,000 and 925,000 Jews were killed there-on average 2,000 men, women and children were gassed each day and their bodies burnt on huge, open-air cremation pyres.

Treblinka was not a work camp. It was built as a death camp. Jews were deported there from the Warsaw Ghetto as well as from other areas of Central Poland, primarily Warsaw, Radom and Krakow. Following an uprising by the prisoners in August 1943, the extermination camp was demolished and abandoned.

[The most important part of the news article is this quote:]

The Treblinka Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom, dedicated in 1964, was built in the shadow of the gas chambers, the original buildings having long ago been plowed and planted over. The only thing left were the ashes and memories. The outdoor museum is a symbolic Jewish cemetery made of 17,000 boulders of varying shapes and sizes-some say they represent the lost Jewish communities of the Holocaust. One hundred-forty of the boulders were engraved with the name of a town or village from which the Jews were deported.

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My 1998 photo of the symbolic cemetery

My 1998 photo of the symbolic cemetery at Treblinka

There are no bodies that were buried in the location of the symbolic cemetery, shown in my photo above. That is why it is called a SYMBOLIC cemetery, not an actual cemetery where bodies are buried.  The purpose of this symbolic cemetery is to prevent anyone from digging up the ground to see if any bodies are  actually buried there.

In my humble opinion, there are no bodies buried in this area because Treblinka was a TRANSIT  camp, where no Jews were deliberately killed.

Symbolic cemetery behind Treblionka Monument

My 1998 photo of Symbolic cemetery behind Treblinka Monument