Treblinka was one of the most infamous of the more than 1,000 Nazi concentration camps. While Treblinka I was a forced-labor camp, Treblinka II was built solely for the purpose of exterminating masses of human beings. On Aug. 2, 1943, 700 Jews in Treblinka launched an insurgency against their Nazi overlords. Although the revolt lasted only 30 minutes, 200 Jews managed to escape as a result. Most of those were soon hunted down and killed, but 70 survived till the end of the war. It’s estimated that 900,000 Jews were murdered in Treblinka.
Quote: “The mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto began on 22 July 1942 with the first shipment of 6,000 people. The gas chambers started operation the following morning. For the next two months, deportations from Warsaw continued on a daily basis via two shuttle trains (the second one, from 6 August 1942), each carrying about 4,000 to 7,000 people crying for water. No other trains were allowed to stop at the Treblinka station. The first daily trains came in the early morning, often after an overnight wait, and the second, in mid-afternoon. All new arrivals were sent immediately to the undressing area by the Bahnhofskommando squad that managed the arrival platform, and from there to the gas chambers.”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction and quotation)
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