Reconstruction of Treblinka: Introduction

I began this study several years ago. I had worked extensively as a professional in the use of aerial reconnaissance imagery, and I had been interested in the questions surrounding the holocaust for a long time. Beginning in 1998 I slowly began researching the facts about the death camps. In this period I came across the Brugioni CIA study of Auschwitz (Brugioni, Dino A. /Poirier, Robert G., The Holocaust Revisited: A Retrospective Analysis of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Extermination Complex, Washington DC, 1979.) , and upon reading this I decided that a thorough and modern analysis of all the death camps was called for to include Auschwitz, Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka. I soon came to realize that, despite the limited aerial photographic coverage, the task entailed much more time than I had anticipated. In part this was due to the difficulty of reconstructing events and physical plant, now 60 years gone by, using just a very few frames of aerial photography, secondary published sources, verbal testaments by victims and perpetrators, and a few scattered snapshots taken within the camp grounds. I spend many hours trying to verify just a single fact. Much effort was spent on obtaining high quality copies of the photographs. To do this, I used the latest professional digital camera. Thus, due to the increasing complexity and to the press of time, I had to concentrate my efforts and Treblinka became the first subject of my research. Belzec then followed, and Sobibor is still underway.

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