This Week in History: Prisoners revolt at Treblinka

06.08.2011                      06.Aw-Elul, 5771                      Dewarim

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This Week in History: Prisoners revolt at Treblinka

Jews who noticed the slowing flow of prisoners marked for death, heard of Nazi losses on the Eastern Front, began planning their uprising.

There were around 850 Jewish prisoners in the Treblinka extermination camp the night of August 1, 1943. Twenty-four hours later, less than 400 remained. On August 2, 1943, a long-planned, much delayed, hastily executed revolt and mass escape took place at the Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
Already in late 1942, prisoners in Treblinka I and II, two branches of a Nazi extermination camp in Poland, began noticing that fewer transports carrying prisoners were arriving. The prisoners, many of whom were forcefully employed disposing of the bodies of European Jews, noticed that stockpiled possessions of the dead were being shipped out of the camps. There was a growing suspicion that the remaining prisoners would soon be exterminated….