The Hell of Treblinka, by Vasily Grossman


It is infinitely painful to read this. The reader must believe me when I say that it is equally hard to write it. “Why write about it then?” someone may well ask. “Why recall such things?” It is the writer’s duty to tell the terrible truth, and it is a reader’s civic duty to learn this truth. To turn away, to close one’s eyes and walk past is to insult the memory of those who have perished.” (Vasily Grossman)


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The Treblinka extermination camp operated between 23 July, 1942 and 19 October , 1943. Historians estimate that during this time between 780,000 and 870,000 men, women and children were murdered at Treblinka.

In the documentary film Shoah, directed by Claude Lanzmann and released in 1985, Franz Suchomel, a former member of the SS, was secretly interviewed and filmed at a hotel in Braunau am Inn and provided details on the criminal operations in Treblinka.