Reconstruction of Treblinka: 5.0 - Summary Overview

Figure 15.1 contains an overview of the camp. The gray, filled in annotations represent all the structures found as a result of analyzing the aerial imagery or through positioning buildings and fence lines visible on ground photos. Many features shown were included only after a complex study of numerous sources, including written accounts. Not all the annotations have the weight of equal confidence. Some identified features­ are considered certain, others represent a considered estimate in positioning and orientation. However, the worst error for any building shown is less than 25 meters. The locations of the Ukrainian barracks, for example, are educated guesses. Only fragmentary views were visible in the background of a few snapshots. Most of the positions are deemed accurate to within a couple of meters when either the structure could be roughly triangulated, or the aerial photography retained traces where they had stood. How all results were arrived at is described in detail in the following sections. But the most cogent reason for confidence in the map is all the major structures: the gas chambers, the Undressing, Sorting, and Jewish worker barracks were identified through the objective evidence gleaned from ground and aerial photography, or by following a convergence of evidence from the facts having the greatest assurance of accuracy, and then seeing what alternatives remained. This procedure was particularly needed in the case of the gas chambers, where the pinpointing of their location depended on first, finding traces of the tube, then relating these to the access road which had to be east of the tube’s mouth, and finally seeing how verbal accounts supported the clues extracted from the photographs.

The following sections describe the discovery process in detail. In the order they appear in the Index, the Living Camp, the Recieving Camp, and then the Death Camp are treated. The appendices contain more technical information or yet more detailed descriptions of procedures used.

Treblinka Reconstruction: The Living Camp

Treblinka Reconstruction: The Receiving Camp

Treblinka Reconstruction: The Death Camp

Appendix A - Identifying the Kurt Franz Camera

Appendix B - Dimensions of the Gas Chambers

Appendix C - Military Operations Near Treblinka, 1944

Appendix d - Procedures for Image Enhancment and Restoration



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