Treblinka Memorial
Treblinka Memorial
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Memorial to the more than 850,000 Jews and other people who were murdered in the Treblinka extermination camp, including Szczuczyn.
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moviegeekjn
Phoenix, AZ1,924 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Since this is primarily a memorial, it is best that you do research before going. I watched numerous documentaries about the Holocaust, and many cited Treblinka.

There is a small museum nearby and you'll likely have a guide to help explain, but the history is so vast and complex....it is much better to prepare well before going.
Written 9 September 2023
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Salty
Kent, UK185 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
A few tips for you that might be helpful if planning a DIY trip from Warsaw.

In advance...
Take some food and drink with you. There's nowhere on site and your trip could take a few hours.
Book the train tickets in advance online at 'polishtrains' eu website. Simple and cheap. Book from Warsaw Central to Malkinia direct. Journey takes just over an hour. You'll see that there's not too many trains to choose from, so do plan to arrive earlier rather than later so you can spend time and avoid crowds.

If you dont want a guide, do download the Treblinka app on play store. It works using a nav tool and will alert you when you approach a place of interest. Think there are about 15 areas and this makes for a much more immersive experience. We also bought a small 'block' phone charger with us as the app and navigation will eat through your battery a little.

Also, do download a map of the camp. Maybe look up muzeumtreblinka or ushmm website for details
Just helps to get bearings and to help you visualise what 'once was'.. Remember, the nazis tried to erase every trace and they were quite successful at Treblinka, there is little remaining to paint the picture for you.

When you get off the train at Malkinia, take a moment. There are no memorials here that we know of, but during the holocaust, victims were kept in sidings here before their onward journey to Treblinka on the old redundant tracks.

There's a really small taxi rank next to the ticket office at Malkinia, there's not much else there. (There is a garage with shop 10 min walk up onto the main road, turn left)
They are used to tourists, so do sit tight, a taxi will be along soon. Taxi number is 7727740773 just in case.
Journey to camp about 10/15 mins at about 50 zloty. Please have cash.

About 2k from the entrance, you might go past an interesting memorial on your right on the roadside where the Treblinka village is and where the original Treblinka station was. Although it's worth a quick look, our taxi driver not too happy with us stopping and reading. Up to you.

Taxi driver may well give you a card (or ask for one) when you get there, so you can call for return trip whenever youre ready. English may not be good, but they're used to hearing 'Treblinka' and can meet you in the car park there.

Once at the site, you can either check out museum af the start or the end. We did it at the start, but could be done either way. Nice 'ok' museum and quite well put together and looked after. There are toilets here, so we visited before we set off.

There's no charge (other than parking) but please do make a contribution if you're able.

Whilst on your tour, don't miss Treblinka 1, the labour camp. It's not signposted and its very easy to turn left when you see the big monument. Don't be tempted, go straight on up to Treblinka 1. This is about a mile, but take your time to reflect as you go.

Once you're done, head back to the main sybolic tomb memorial and take time to walk amongst the 17,000 memorial stones symbolising grave stones but representing places of holocaust train departures that carried almost 900,000 victims to almost certain death.
One very special stone is reserved for Janusz Korczak who was an inspirational figure who founded a Jewish orphanage and died with the children he protected, even though he didn't need to. Look him up beforehand; there are many memorials to him across Warsaw.

Our visit took just over 4hrs, but I have no doubt you could walk it in much less than half the time if you were hurried and just wanted to see the main memorial.

A beautiful, quiet, peaceful and contemplative place where unspeakable horrors took place. We should never forget.
Written 22 June 2023
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Fg G
London, UK38 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
I visited the Treblinka death camp last weekend and as tragic as the story behind the camp is, none of it is standing anymore apart from a few remains of a kitchen, laundry room. You really have to use your imagination of how awful this place would have been when you’re standing in a large field of grass which is scattered with rocks. The rocks do symbolise the tragedy but with 99% of the camp completely destroyed by the Nazis, I just could not get the feel of the place compared to when I visited Auschwitz where nearly everything is still there. All I would say is to do your research before visiting this place because there really isn’t much to see at all.
Written 13 April 2023
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Ludovit T
Scottsdale4 contributions
Jul 2022
Me and my daughter visited Treblinka I and II sites. It is good to have a guide who gives you also answers to your questions. You may have many seeing this place. Our guide was Pawel and he was excellent.
Written 19 September 2022
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Micha N
Breda, The Netherlands228 contributions
Aug 2022
The memorial is more or less as big as the former 'vernichtungslager.' Some historic flaws happened during research in the past but these are being corrected. There are for example monoliths around what people thought was the entire camp but they missed a small part. Also the location of the gaschambers and the 'Lazarett' excecutionsite is slightly off. It's impressive what can be done with modern research.
So the monument doesn't stand exactly on the spot of the old gaschambers, It still in the direct vincinity so it's good enough. At least this was already here in the 60ies (which in my opinion is still far too long after what happened here, but that's not quite exceptional).
What you see on the pictures here is all you can see in reality now:
monoliths surrounding the camp, a stone monument and three 'jewish cemetaries' with the names of some polish cities from where the victims originated. And also a 'massgrave/burningpit' monument .
There's also an extra memorial site for Kurczak, the owner of a jewish orphanage who got killed with his children in Treblinka II. I'm not talking about the stone on the 'jewish cemetary' but about a small planted forrest in the direct vincinity. You can find it on the righthand side of the monument and it's indicated with a few arrows pointing in it's direction. Most people seem to basically run past the entire monument to cross it off their list and don't even notice it's there.

The museum is small and less impressive than the current museums of Belzec and Sobibor (similar sites in Poland). Because the venue tries a bit too much to tie Treblinka I (the forced labor camp) and Treblinka II (the extermination camp) together. The two had barely anything to do with each other and it creates the false assumption that the extermination camp was there from 1941 until 1944 instead of just about 18 months in '42 and '43.
The two camps had no real relations as prisoners from the laborcamp (with one single exception) never set a foot in the exterminationcamp after the building of it was finished. And the prisoners of the extermination camp never went into the quarry or campsite of Treblinka I.
As mentioned before: you can also visite Treblinka I. You won't find more than a lot of information and a few fundaments of buildings and the former Quarry (basically a huge hole in the ground). For most people it's not worth the walk although you could also use your car to get there (it's a bit more than a mile or two kilometers down the only road there).
There's also a monument at the executionsite (once again; that's related to Treblinka I, Treblinka II used the 'Lazarett' as executionsite and not this place).

This place is definitely worth a visite even if the museum itself is closed. It's
Written 10 August 2022
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MC12342014
London, UK16 contributions
Aug 2022
Even though the Nazis flattened the Treblinka site to try and hid the evidence of their atrocities, this ranks as one of the most powerful and emotional places I have ever been. You have to go!
I couldn't find a tour to join so I did it myself with the help of a couple of apps recommended to me by the Treblinka museum before I set off. So if you want to DIY then here's what I did. Hopefully it may help someone.
Download Treblinka I and Treblinka II for your iPhone/Android.
The apps paint such a great picture as you walk around the sites and on the 2km walk between I and II.
The Polish railway site has an English version. The fastest trains from Warsaw Central take just over an hour to get to Malkinia (1st class single was about £7/$9). I left at about mid-day.
There were a couple of taxis waiting at Malkinia station and I was taken to Treblinka (about 8km £6-£7). The taxi driver didn't speak English and I definitely don't speak Polish but after some hand gestures I called his mobile so that he had my number....then when I was ready to leave Treblinka I just called and he was there to pick me up to take me back to the station in about 10 minutes!
While I was in the taxi I booked my return train to Warsaw. Fast trains go about 6 times a day I think.
I visited the small museum here which was interesting (about £3). They have toilets but I didn't see anywhere for coffee/sandwich so make sure you bring some water and a snack with you. I was there for about 4 hours but could have stayed longer.
Treblinka really is an incredible place and if you are interested in WW2 and the atrocities it is a 'Must-See'. The fact that there were so few people there on the Saturday afternoon I went made it even more chilling. No-one should ever forget what happened here.
Written 8 August 2022
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Libelle Krusenbaum
Dreieich, Germany1 contribution
Jun 2022
Even though it doesn't seem like it, there's much to see and experience here. I spent 6 hours in total and had very, very strong emotions. If you're in Warsaw, be sure to pay a visit! This should never happen again, so people need to see it and be informed.

Recommendation to travelers: come with lunch and water. You'll most likely spend more time here than you expected.

One thing for the maintenance: the weeds should really be cut from all places in Treblinka 1. I prefer being able to read everything the SS snakes did without being bitten by an innocent normal snake.
Written 7 June 2022
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC994 contributions
Mar 2022
The grounds of the Treblinka camp are expansive and you should take a day to truly see it all. Prior to entering the grounds, there's a memorial down the road where the Treblinka village is and where the original train station for Treblinka the town once stood. From there you can see with your own eyes where the railroad truly became the road of death as the path of the railroad traces beside the road, and some roads from WWII and before, as it heads towards the camp. Upon entering the grounds, you pay a small fee and should enter the small museum to see the small but informative exhibition and view the video (about 15 mins) on the Treblinka camp and what happened here.

After that, you can setoff on foot to Treblinka II, the extermination camp wherein you will see where the trains stopped, offloaded soon to be victims and herded them to the gas chambers. After the uprising and retreat of Nazi forces here, the camp was razed and an attempt was made to conceal what happened, but thankfully, after the fall of communism in Poland, this history has been restored to its rightful place among warnings for all of us. Treblinka II is a very moving site, you should take time to walk amongst the memorial stones, survey the layout, and really grasp the brutality of the site as it was quite simply a camp meant for one thing, extermination.

After seeing Treblinka II, you can walk or take a car a kilometer or two down the road to Treblinka I, the labor camp, and the quarry next to it. There's a large clearing where the labor camp once stood, but many of the foundations remain intact. There are placards set up all along the clearing describing what stood where and what its purpose was, along with some stories of some camp inhabitants.

After Treblinka I, you can proceed alittle further down the road to the execution site. You will notice crosses erected in what appear to be random parts of the forest, but there is nothing random to it other than the whims the Nazi guards acted on when executing innocents who found their final resting place marked by the crosses. The horrific brutality of it makes this a tour not for young children, maybe from 12 yrs old and up as they should know what happened here regardless of race, creed, gender, etc..

A haunting experience, but absolutely necessary. Highly recommend reading ahead about Treblinka as then you'll understand why no structures are still standing and also how this was a ruthless killing machine perhaps rivaled only by Auschwitz when you consider the per capita death rate and the layout of the camp for one, terrible singular purpose.

Best to hire a guide and avoid large groups if you want to have time to reflect and think on what you're seeing and who may have stood where you're standing on the grounds there.
Written 22 March 2022
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niall b
Durham, UK19 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This place is chilling! I am not going to lie, I struggled to contain my tears while there and am even struggling writing this review, however I do not think this should put people off visiting.
Yes, it is difficult get to but imagine what it was like for those sent out here to die!
The little museum at the start does nothing prepare you for this experience, although it is interesting.
The first section you approach is Treblinka II, now a seemingly never ending stone memorial to those who passed away. For me it truly brought home the scale of the killing!
Then after 2km down the "Black Road" you arrive at Treblinka I, unlike Auschwitz there is nothing left! Another chilling reminder of just how thoroughly traces of mass genocide can be hidden.
Then further on again you come to the Gravel Pit where prisoners would be forced to work, while slightly further again is the Execution Site and another silent memorial to the worst mankind is capable of!!
This place was empty and silent during our visit, not even the birds sang. This place is haunting but so important if we are to ever learn to avoid these horrific happening again.
Written 27 October 2019
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WillieEckerslike
York, UK1,625 contributions
Sep 2019
Having studied various aspects of The Holocaust and visited a number of significant sites in Germany and in Poland, I recently read a book entitled "Treblinka Survivor - the Life and Death of Hershl Sperling" by Mark S. Smith. Hershl Sperling was one of fewer than 70 people who survived Treblinka, and latest figures indicate around 900,000 were murdered here. Please read those numbers again.

The Nazis tried to obliterate all traces of the Treblinka extermination camp, by pulling down all the buildings, ploughing the fields and even erecting a farm on the land. Therefore this is nothing like Auschwitz/Birkenau where buildings are still in existence. It is the site of something truly awful, unimaginable, with just a monument in the centre of the area. The nearby museum and exhibition, though very small, gives you the information you need.

You can get here by car, or arrange a private tour from Warsaw. We arrived by train from Warsaw to nearby Malkinia and took a taxi to the site where we spent several hours, including a long walk through the woods to the site of the original forced labour camp and quarry where mainly Poles were worked to death and disposed of in inhumane fashion.

But Treblinka II was not a "camp" apart from a small number of labourers. It was a site of mass extermination. Some people may complain "there's nothing to see here". But you can feel it. And it's our duty to remember it.
Written 4 October 2019
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