Treblinka was a death camp built 60 miles north-east of Warsaw. Treblinka’s sole purpose was to murder. Whereas Auschwitz-Birkenau had factories attached to the vast complex there, Treblinka did not. Compared to a camp such as Auschwitz, Treblinka was very small – just 400 metres by 600 metres in size. In total, the camp covered just 17 hectares. However, unlike Auschwitz, it did not need space as 99% of those who arrived at Treblinka were dead within two hours.
|“I have done nothing to anybody that was not my duty. My conscience is clear.”Stangl|
Treblinka was shut in November 1943. Himmler had visited the camp earlier in the year and had ordered that the camp should be wiped off the map of Poland. What had been built at Treblinka was destroyed by those who had built it and replaced with trees and shrubs. It is thought that as many as 850,000 were murdered at Treblika.