This Holocaust Author's Auschwitz Blog

This Holocaust Author's Auschwitz Blog

This blog describes my thoughts and experiences in visiting Auschwitz in September 2014, and Belzec, Majdanek and Sobibor in January 2016

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November in Treblinka.

HolocaustPosted by P.A. Draigh Thu, November 17, 2016 23:52:49
"..assistant commandant of ..camp ..deputy to Stengel [Franz Stangl] ..biggest murderer in ..camp. Kurt Franz was known for having published ..in January 1943 ..report ..that a million Jews had been killed in Treblinka ..a report which had procured for him a promotion." Samuel Rajzman.

The Aktion Reinhard Death Camp Treblinka was in operation from July 22nd. 1942 until August 2nd. 1943 a period of some 13 months. In the context of what Treblinka represents, in terms of its destructive capacity to murder from 900,000 to over 1,000,000 Jewish People, this November represents a tiny fraction of that overall cost to the Jewish People and to our own humanity. While we are talking here about the single span of a month within that time frame, the atrocity is clear to evaluate.

"..I estimate ..number of Jews gassed at Sobibor ..about 350,000. In ..canteen at Sobibor I once overheard a conversation between Frenzel ..Stangl ..Wagner. ..discussing ..number of victims in ..extermination camps of Belzec ..Treblinka ..Sobibor and expressed ..regret ..Sobibor ‘came last’ in ..competition." SS Oberscharfuhrer Hermann Erich Bauer.

For the German administrators of Hitler’s Death Camp system, it was obviously open to interpretation as to what manner of contest they drew from such an obscenity. Can we simply relate here that the competitive nature of a driven German supposed elite was the direct Slaughter of 6,000,000 Human Beings. Within the entire period of operations at Treblinka however, which exacted a colossal destruction of the Jewish People, we are unable to come to terms with how exact these assessments can be. On every single day during that period of operations, Jews from all over Europe were destroyed and the research necessary to complete the catalogue of murderous achievement is an on going study.

"..teachings ..about ..world ..people ..ethics ..faith ..I had to learn ..by myself in ..hell of concentration camps ..without my Mother who was put to death in ..Gas Chambers in Majdanek ..my Father ..put to death and burnt in ..crematorium in Treblinka ..my Brother ..my Sister in law ..so young ..but cared for me like my Mother ..tormented and burnt in Auschwitz." Halina Birenbaum.

While we look back upon terms which appear to evaluate the destruction in many 1,000,000’s, too much has been lost to us to make sense of these figures. We will Never know the true extent to The Holocaust, but our endeavour is essential so that we at least leave a marker for History stating we at least tried. On November 1st. 1942 this day saw the first deportation from the Bialystok District to the Death Camp that was Treblinka. The following day, November 2nd. over 100,000 Jews in the Bialystok Region, already held in the Camps at Bogusze, Keilbasin, Volkovysk and Zambrow are eventually deported to Treblinka and Murdered there. Many also of these Jews are resettled to Auschwitz. In the terms of Hitler’s wish to destroy all the Jews of Europe, ‘resettlement’ must be seen as a euphemism for the Slaughter he had orchestrated.

"..I cannot say how many Jews ..gassed in Treblinka. ..average each day ..large train arrived ..sometimes ..two. ..not so common. In Treblinka I was commander of ..Ukrainian guard unit as I had been in Belzec. In Treblinka as in Belzec ..unit consisted of 60 ..80 men. ..Ukrainian's main task ..to man ..guard posts around ..camp perimeter. After ..prisoners' uprising ..August 1943 ..ran ..camp more or less single ..handedly for ..month ..no more gassings ..undertaken. ..during this time that ..original camp was demolished ..everything ..levelled off ..lupins ..planted. A farm was supposed to be built on ..site of ..camp. Against Wirth's will I put any material ..still usable at ..disposal of ..reserve hospital in Ostrow ..14km ..15km away from Treblinka." SS Untersturmfuhrer Kurt Franz.

Kurt Franz lays down a piece of the puzzle which deniers use to essentially add to their spacious hatred to simply attempt to distort the truth to what Hitler had planned, executed and then sought to have camouflaged in The Holocaust. On November 3rd. with 7,000 of Tomaszow Mazowiecki Jews murdered at Treblinka, this was accomplished alongside the murders of 4,000 of Radoszyce’s Jews also murdered there. That is 2 distinct groups of Jewish Citizenry from two very distinct Communites, Radoszyce and Tomaszow Mazowiecki destroyed in a single day of annihilatory operations here at Treblinka.

"..When we arrived in Treblinka and ..Germans opened ..freight cars we beheld a horrible sight. ..car was full of corpses. ..bodies were partly decomposed by chlorine. ..stench in ..cars made those still alive choke. ..Germans ordered everyone to get out ..those still able to do so were half dead. Waiting SS and Ukrainians beat us and shot at us. ..On ..way to ..gas chambers Germans with dogs stood along ..fence on both sides. ..dogs had been trained to attack people ..they bit ..men's genitals and ..women's breasts ..ripping off pieces of flesh. ..Germans hit ..people with whips and iron bars to spur them on so that they pressed forward into ..'showers' as quickly as possible. ..screams of ..women could be heard far away ..even in ..other parts of ..camp. ..Germans drove ..running victims on with shouts of ..'Faster ..faster ..water will get cold ..others still have to go under ..showers!' To escape from ..blows ..victims ran to ..gas chambers as quickly as they could ..stronger ones pushing ..weaker aside. At ..entrance to ..gas chambers stood ..2 Ukrainians ..Ivan Demaniuk and Nikolai ..one of them armed with an iron bar ..other ..a sword. They drove ..people inside with blows. ..As soon as ..gas chambers were full ..Ukrainians closed ..doors and started ..engine. Some 20 25 minutes later an SS man or a Ukrainian looked through a window in ..door. When ..everyone had been asphyxiated ..Jewish prisoners had to open ..doors ..remove ..corpses. Since ..chambers were overcrowded and ..victims held on to one another ..all stood upright ..like one single block of flesh." Abraham Goldfarb.

On November 5th. 3,000 of Skarzysko-Kamienne’s Jews are murdered at Treblinka while 400 of their Elderly and Their Children are murdered prior to resettlement. The mistreatment of the Elderly, the Infirm and the Children has been a painful reminder to each of us as we navigate the atrocity’s we see as unparalleled and unprecedented in all of History. The following day on November 6th. it has been recognised that over 170,000 Jews were murdered over a six day period at the Death Camps Treblinka, Belzec and Birkenau. On November 7th. 4,500 of Konskie’s Jews along with 1,500 of Miedzyrzec’s Jews are murdered at Treblinka. On November 10th. 6,300 of Mlawa’s Jews are murdered at Treblinka. On November 14th. 500 of Makow’s Jews are also murdered at Treblinka. On November 19th. 2,700 of Wyszogrod’s Jews are murdered at Treblinka. This catalogue of obscenity repeats itself all too often.

Thursday November 19th. 1942 "..I get frightened when I think of close friends who have now been delivered into ..hands of ..cruelest brutes that walk ..earth. ..all because they are Jews." Anne Frank.

It is essential that while we acknowledge that Anne knew pretty much what was happening to her People, from British broadcats especially, she might not be able to link that acknowledged supposition to places like Treblinka, Belzec, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor or even Auschwitz and Birkenau? With increasing veracity however, the truth of what was known about the encroaching Holocaust for the Jews of Europe can no longer remain secreted behind Government protocol or secrecy. On November 21st. 4,000 of Suchedniow’s Jews are murdered at Treblinka. On November 23rd. 10,000 of Szydlowiec Jews are also murdered at Treblinka.

"..I concluded Operation Reinhard which I had conducted in ..General Goverment and have liquidated all camps. A few SS men and Ukrainians remained in ..extermination camps. In Treblinka even a group of Jewish prisoners was left behind in order to dismantle ..huts ..fences ..and other camp installations. After completion of this work ..November 17th. 1943 ..last group of Jewish prisoners was shot in Treblinka." SS Gruppenfuhrer Odilo Globocnik.

Before we become desanitised by the facts and figures of this devasatation, it is worth pausing to acknowledge what Simon Wiesenthal has already recorded and that these are People, not merely the statistic of Hitler’s intentional resolve, his Final Solution. On November 25th. Jews are deported from Bergen to Auschwitz and the New York Times acknowledges that Treblinka, Belzec, and Sobibor are recognised as killing centres for the Jews sent to them. The Jewish People are all clearly assessed as having been Murdered within these Death Camps establishments and the assessment is that some 2,000,000 Murdered Jews make up a tally of annihilation few should countenance nor ignore the veracity of its implementation.

Wednesday November 25th. 1942 "..Polish Jews are being exterminated together with Jews from other occupied countries. ..transported on Polish territory." Stanislaw Mikolajczyk.

On November 30th. 1942 there are over 50,000 Polish Jews murdered at Treblinka, Belzec and Majdanek in a 3 week period. The scale of the atrocity is increasingly measured in the 10’s of 1,000’s and the credibility of the knowledge that we have to this day, does not bear out the human dimension we seek to comprehend here. In all the 20 years since I have been on this odyssey, I cannot fathom the essential component in any human beings mind that would allow them to act in such a brutal

"..Here is ..silence of ..grave. ..Rumbuli ..Riga ..Bikernieki ..Salaspils ..Klooga ..Ponary ..Babi Yar ..Majdanek ..Treblinka ..Auschwitz. Thousands and thousands of cities and towns stained with blood. I rise from among you ..my silent martyrs ..old men ..babies ..fathers ..mothers ..husbands ..wives ..brothers ..sisters ..brides ..grooms ..children ..youths. ..slaughtered by ..millions ..you ordered me to tell ..living of what happened. I hear your cries ..screams ..thousands strong thunder of your feet running to ..grave ..your last word .."Remember". I swear by ..memory of you ..by your blood which slaked cruel spaces ..by your ashes scattered over ..world ..by ..smoke of your bodies rising from ..crematoriums ..I swear to you ..I will tell them ..living ..everything that I saw ..who killed you ..who betrayed you. I will not permit anyone to slander you or say it was someone else. I was with you at ..executioner's block till ..last minute. Your blood flows in my veins ..your ashes throb in my heart. I swear to tell ..Truth ..nothing but ..Truth." Frida Michelson.

Treblinka still had a further 7 months to accomplish what Hitler had so demanded from his loyal executioners.In a remarkable rampage through Jewish existence, Hitler and his minnions managed to accomplish the stated Destruction of 43,500 Jews from varying Community’s, and a third of all of those Jews up that point who were the acknowledged victims from the information that 50,000 Jews, 170,000 Jews and or 2,000,000 Jews, based upon differing interpreatations had been Slaughtered up till now. We leave the final assessment to Hitler’s expert on statistical analyisis as he knew it and at the end of the year Hoefle, who was the link between Globocnik, as Aktion Reinhard Commander and Himmler and straight onto Hitler’s desk, sends in his detailed report with an assessment of 1,274,166 Jews who had already been Murdered. These accounts were detailed into each of these Death Camps that have been mentioned and were under Globocnik’s jurisdiction.

"..Lublin [read Majdanek] 24,733 ..Belzec 434,508 ..Sobibor ..101,370 ..Treblinka ..713,555." SS Sturmbannfuhrer Hermann Hoefle.



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