Treblinka gas chambers & mass graves discovered by high-tech archaeologists

Since Treblinka was bulldozed over in 1943 under Hitler’s orders, excavation of the Nazi death camp was barred after WWII out of respect for the victims – but research team using largely ‘non-invasive’ technology received Polish permission to examine site & discovered evidence.


The Nazis left no evidence behind at the Treblinka. After gassing an estimated 900,000 Jews and an unknown number of Roma in the eastern Polish camp (Treblinka was a NAZI CAMP in eastern Poland…not an “eastern Polish camp” as written… *Israel and Stuff) , Germany bulldozed it in 1943 and even planted crops and built a farmhouse on the leveled site. What was known about Treblinka came from the testimony of survivors who’d passed through it and that of captured guards.

Treblinka concentration camp sign.

Treblinka concentration camp sign. – Photo: Wikipedia

But now a great deal of physical evidence has been uncovered, NBC News reports. Archaeologists have found bones from mass graves, the “bathhouse” where victims were gassed, and even tiles stamped with Stars of David used to lull Jewish prisoners into thinking they were safe.

The archaeological team, led by Caroline Sturdy Collis of Staffordshire University, worked for six years using computerized maps, aerial photography, GPS technology, ground-penetrating radar and a laser-scanning technology – which allowed them to go underground without unduly disturbing the site.

After the war, Treblinka was turned into a memorial, and excavation of the site was forbidden. But Sturdy Collis persuaded Polish and Jewish religious authorities to let her team conduct a “limited dig” that would be largely non-invasive.

“Without that technology, I never would have been able to do this work at Treblinka, because no one wanted excavations there,” Sturdy Colls said. “Nobody wanted the ground to be disturbed unnecessarily.”

After uncovering the remains and examining them, the archaeologists put them back in place and restored the site to its previous condition and appearance.

“What we were doing there was closing the lid again on that grave site. … It didn’t cross my mind that it would be me reinterring the remains,” Sturdy Collis said.

The story of the archaeologists’ investigation and findings will be told in the hour-long documentary, “Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine,” airing Saturday on the Smithsonian Channel.


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  1. Krzyk Jasno says:

    Sadly, you have repeated HAARETZ error/ambiguity. For accuracy and truth, sentence 2 should read: “After gassing an estimated 900,000 Jews and an unknown number of Roma in the eastern NAZI GERMAN camp,…”.
    Camp was located in NAZI GERMAN OCCUPIED Poland. Please do not shift the responsibility for the crimes. NONE of these camps were “Polish” and must not be described as such.
    Treblinka was a GERMAN (NAZI) atrocity.

    • Thank you for this message. Being the son of a Pole & having visited Poland, I agree with you that the accuracy here must be upheld. All these camps were Nazi, in concept, design and control. They were simply built in Poland, with all responsibility for its operation belonging to the Nazis alone.

      Unfortunately, I didn’t notice the article’s error, otherwise I would have left a comment here.
      I just added a correction to the original HAARETZ article.

      • Ewa says:

        Sir, you are still wrong. The camps were built in the name of “Deutschland, Deutschland Uber alles” and “Lebensraum” for Germans. These were GERMAN Nazi camps not just Nazi camps. Please correct the article.

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