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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Fg G
London, UK43 contributions
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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 April 13, 2023
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nrw38
Tampa, FL39 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Friends
I'm big into history, so Treblinka was a must see. I traveled with my siblings via car from Warsaw, Poland to Treblinka (100 KM or 60 Miles one way) on my way heading north towards Lithuania. Treblinka is the deadliest of all extermination camps that the Nazis held during WWII and this area was set up as a train station. The memorial is tremendous and made me sick to my stomach with the level of atrocity that occurred here. The number of people who perished estimate (from various sources) from 700,000 to 1,000,000. The site itself states (on the signs) that 800,000 people were murdered here and there was a discovery of at least 2-3 other mass grave sites by archaeologists in modern times.

Getting Here:
I read that this location is difficult to get to, so I decided to use exact coordinates on my GPS (Garmin Nuvi with European Maps) to get here. The coordinates I used were N 52 degrees 37.863, E 022 degrees 03.183 and I also used google earth to look at the location before departing for Treblinka. The drive was long and arduous because the roads were slow (one lane in many areas - stuck behind large trucks for miles) or congested. I traveled in the afternoon starting at 3:00 pm (15:00). You might have better luck earlier in the day and ensure that you have adequate gas because as you get closer to this area, there are not a lot of gas stations depending on the route you take. Ensure you have the right currency (PLN too), some credit cards work, so just keep that in mind. On a side note, please inform your bank of foreign credit /debit/atm card use prior to departing to avoid getting your card declined for security reasons.

We arrived almost 3 hours later (100 KM or 60 miles) because one of the main roads was blocked about 25 miles out. So, the GPS detoured us to unpaved roads through the woods. We drove about 15-20 miles through the woods at a turtle pace because the car we were driving was too low (Toyota Yaris). If you decide to take the wooded route (inadvertently or because of adventure), try to get a jeep, it will be a much quicker drive and safer (to avoid a flat tires or damaged under carriage- especially for a rental). The wooded route had some rocks and debris, and we had to get out and move rocks or tree limbs that fell at certain points, but it is clear in most areas. Ensure that you keep your headlights on at all times (it is the law in Poland) and you are not allowed to turn right on red. The GPS grid coordinates were correct even though it felt like they were not at some points (there are points where you have to look at the direction on the GPS map versus what the GPS tells you because the GPS is not able to explain it all or can intelligently tell you when to turn). We entered Treblinka through the woods near the Extermination site (Treblinka II) in the back. For safety, please inform someone you know that you are coming out here in case of emergency because it is pretty remote. I still had cell phone reception (AT&T - iPhone ) but have some emergency contact numbers if you are off in the woods. If you are driving through the woods and you see tall rocks (see picture) or crosses, then follow the rocks/crosses and it will take you to the front (where the coordinates are set to). At the front entrance of Treblinka there is a new paved road - so try to access it that way first, unless you just want to go through the woods or ended up on an unexpected detour like us. I don't know how long the new paved road has been here (at the front).

Although the drive through the woods was arduous, it became very clear to me that there was no good reason for people to be herded out to Treblinka other than for sinister purposes, as this place is truly in the middle of nowhere. The drive was actually really creepy and silencing. There really was little to no chance for anyone to be heard out here or escape on an individual basis, except for the mass revolt in 1943 (where 300 escaped but the majority who revolted were killed). So the drive (through the woods) actually set the stage for how isolated Treblinka really is because nothing was paved at this time historically - only a train stop (designed to look legitimate with clocks and a "faux" Red Cross station).

At the Memorial:
Once at the site, you can drive from area to area (Treblinka 1 to 2 or to the memorial, etc). The areas are a little spread out, so there is a lot of walking. Please park in designated areas or to the side off of the memorials (on entrance roads) for respect purposes.

Not sure where the bus lets passengers off but I would guess its right near the museum in the parking area near the restrooms. The only restrooms I saw were at the front parking. So if you arrive there and they are open, I would recommend going to the bathroom before walking through remainder of the site (everything is speed out). It is a bit dusty out here and it was a bit hot and bright (sunglasses). I would carry a bottled water and a snack in my bag as well. Keep your litter in your bag (out of respect) - as I did not see any trash cans throughout the site.

We missed the museum because of the time we arrived and also we did not use a guide. We read up on Treblinka before we went, so we were familiar with what to expect. Also there are many signs around the camp with tidbits of information in case you do not have a chance to read up before going.

This visit is forever burnt into my memory and the memorial is in remembrance of those who were wrongly executed and targeted during the Nazi era. I can't say enough about how thought provoking and significant this visit was. It might be hard to get to but you will never forget the visit. Plan to spend 1-3 hours here depending on how in-depth you want to go.

Other Recommendations:
1. I would strongly recommend going to Warsaw first before going to Treblinka if you can. The history and information that we got in Warsaw also set the stage for what we were about to see in Treblinka. I would recommend a guide in Warsaw if you can, one with a lot of historical knowledge (sorry I don't have the name to recommend). People were taken from the Warsaw Ghettos (and other places in Europe) and herded out to the middle of no where (to Treblinka) for extermination (under Treblinka II - extermination site) under false pretense (going to a labor camp). Treblinka I was the labor camp. Treblinka II was for extermination which was mostly what was going on. While in Warsaw, also take time to learn about the Warsaw uprising and go to the Warsaw Uprising Museum - as there are references to Treblinka with all of this. The anniversary is Aug 1, 1944 - Oct 2, 1944. On Aug 1st every year, the sirens in Warsaw sound to commemorate the uprising.

2. On another note, on my plane flight over to Europe from the US, I also watched the movie, "The Pianist," (Delta Airlines) which took place during this time and references the Warsaw Uprising and makes mention of Treblinka. Also a somber film but still shows the spirit of the Polish Jews and their desire to not give up during the midst of extreme adversity.

3. Get a good road map of Poland as a fail safe. We had the Michelin Road Atlas for Europe but that only showed major highways, not the smaller roads, which made us essentially dependent on the GPS. We also had a generic map but this was not good enough as it did not show details about getting to Treblinka.

4. If you are interested in more details about Treblinka, try to watch the documentary; Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine.

Compelling, enlightening, and thought-provoking…well worth the visit.
Written August 26, 2015
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niall b
Durham, UK21 contributions
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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 October 27, 2019
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Michelle H
Nottingham, UK14 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Friends
After accidentally booking flights to Warsaw instead of Krakow I desperately wanted to see some WW2 history so started researching. Although initially being apprehensive about visiting Treblinka after reading reviews about the difficulty of getting there we decided to make the trip. We travelled by train to Malkinia (48 Zloty return) from Warsaw Central which took around an hour. After looking a bit lost a very friendly taxi driver shouted “Treblinka” and we jumped in and travelled to the site. The cost of this ride was a mere 35 zloty. Ticket to the site was again very cheap, only 6 Zloty. The site was open until 7pm. The lady selling us our ticket spoke very good English and said she would call and get us a taxi back to the station after we were finished which put our mind at ease. The camps were emotional but breathtaking. In the cold and snow we walked down to the labour camp and extermination camp (a must do!) and we were the only ones there - a very poignant and eerie experience. The museum was also very informative. I would also recommend downloading the audio app (if you have a smartphone) which we didn’t realise until we were about to go home!!
Written February 22, 2018
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WillieEckerslike
York, UK1,619 contributions
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Sept 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 October 4, 2019
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MC12342014
London, UK18 contributions
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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 August 8, 2022
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urbanspaceman74
London, UK47 contributions
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Oct 2015 • Couples
It may seem very strange to write a review 11 years after having visited a place, but such was the effect of Treblinka on both my wife and myself, that it has seared itself into our memories. Our visit was actually in September 2005 (the compulsory visiting dates for reviews would not let us go back that far).

Whilst Auschwitz-Birkenau is undoubtedly a far better known extermination camp, and attracts coachloads of visitors every day to its buildings and grounds, Treblinka is a very different experience. At Auschwitz, you can see buildings, huts, suitcases, hair, pairs of glasses etc, a mock up of an oven, and gas chambers - all tangible things which relate to the abhorrent crimes which were committed there by the Nazis. At Treblinka, you will see none of these things - but what you do see (or rather experience) is no less life changing. Another reviewer said that you simply "feel" the place and he could not have been more correct.

We drove there from Kazimierz Dolny in our hired car and whilst it took us over 3 hours to get to Treblinka, it was well worth making the effort. At the time of our visit in 2005, there were two porta cabins and no museum as such (this has since changed), and we paid a small entrance fee, bought a guide and a couple of postcards and set off to walk into the forest. It was a very hot day, with a cloudless blue sky and so hard to imagine the horrors that had taken place there. Although there were a few other people around, we counted approximately 25 during our three hours there, unlike Auschwitz which we had visited earlier in our holiday.

A mock up of a railway line led to a mock up of a station platform (in granite or marble - I forget which now), and this was the place where the trains arrived and the unfortunate victims disembarked on their way to the next world. Information boards provide details about what was once there. As you stand on the station platform, you can see in a huge area to the left a big open space in the forest, on which are memorial stones, and a huge memorial, inscribed in Polish, Hebrew, German and English (plus other languages) with the message "This must never happen again". All around are stones inscribed with the names of villages and some countries from which Jews had been transported to Treblinka. Just one stone is dedicated to an individual and reads "To Janusz Korczak and the children".

Sitting down on the mock up of the station platform and reading about the events at Treblinka, it seemed impossible to reconcile the beauty of the place with the horrors that had happened there all those years ago - yet that was precisely why the Nazis chose this place. Quiet, out of the way, down a branch line from Sokolow and Malkinia - a perfect spot to carry out genocide on a massive scale.

The situation is beautiful - a lovely shaded forest with masses of small white flowers carpeting the forest floor - totally at odds with what you might expect from such a place - and I think that this is why it makes such a deep impression. As other reviewers have mentioned, there is a long walk down a road called "the black road" (we drove down and gave a lift to a young Polish couple) to see the work camp and also some of the extermination places, and these also gave rise to the same feelings. How ? Why ?

More people should visit this memorial. We felt incredibly privileged to be there and to pay our respects to the hundreds of thousands of innocent victims who had died there (the old railway track, now very rusted, can still be seen close to the main entrance). Once you have visited Treblinka, you will feel totally different every time you see and hear the name mentioned and it will leave a memory which will surely never be erased.
Written September 20, 2016
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Ames_IowaCoach32
Ames, IA25 contributions
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May 2015 • Couples
My wife & I contacted Natalia at Warsaw Travel Tours about hiring a guide to take us to the Treblinka Death Camp. Despite the fact that it was a last-minute deal, she got us the services of Zdzislaw Swiderski, an excellent choice which was the key to our successful day trip. Zdzislaw fully briefed us on the historical background on the 1 1/2 hour drive to the camp. Once there he continued to guide us during the walking part of our visit. The visit itself was extremely sobering. Although the Nazis destroyed much of what was there in an effort to cover this monstrous crime, there is enough left for a person to fully understand the horror of what was Treblinka. The monument built at the site of the gas chamber is a moving testament to the nearly 900,000 human beings who perished there. The visitor center is small and not very consequential. The real emotion comes when you stand on the path that led to the deaths of so many.
Written May 30, 2015
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LesleyUpminster
Upminster8 contributions
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Dec 2013 • Couples
We visited Treblinka last weekend. It was a beautiful day with no cloud and it had been snowing. We were the only 2 people there and it was a rather surreal experience. I have visited both Dachau and Auschwitz but this was somehow more tragic and moving - probably because there are no buildings - you have to use your imagination and no coach parties. We didn't have a guide but I don't think we needed one - we just walked everywhere - mostly in silence. The extent of what happened here is too much to comprehend. The museum is fairly small but interesting and most of the exhibits have English translations. We booked a taxi from Warsaw and it took about 90 minutes to get there. If you have an interest in the Holocaust, I would recommend a visit if you are in Warsaw.
Written December 17, 2013
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lfgreen1
Rocky Gorge34 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Couples
Subject: Treblinka Memorial Park
Location: Central Poland, Poland, Europe
Title: Treblinka With Hubert Pawlik

What an emotional experience going to Treblinka. Our guide, Hubert Pawlik, was fabulous. He tried desperately to locate the stone with the name of the place in Poland my Mother came from. He even went to the office to find out where it was. His knowledge of Treblinka was amazing. Spending time with Hubert and listening to all he had to say about Treblinka showed us just how caring of a person he is. We lucked out finding him at Trip Advisor. He is a very special guide. I would recommend him to anyone old or young.
Written July 8, 2013
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