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