Treblinka is the largest cemetery of Polish Jews. It is one of the largest cemeteries of Polish citizens. Around 900 000 people are estimated to have died here. We do not know the exact number, we do not know the names and surnames of those who were brought here and murdered in the gas chambers. We know when the transports arrived and where they came from: Warsaw, central Poland, the Białostocki and Grodzieński regions, but also from Czech and Macedonia. We know the dates during which this factory of death remained active. It operated from the 23rd of July 1942 until the fall of 1943- it never recovered from the prisoner uprising on the 2nd of August 1943. Near the end of 1943 the gas chambers and barracks were dismantled- the Germans were trying to cover up the traces of their crimes.
Today the area is silent. This place demands not only prayer and contemplation, but also a caring remembrance and knowledge.
The Memory of Treblinka Foundation has a number of goals. First of all we intend to accumulate and propagate knowledge about the camp, collect the existing reports of witnesses and survivors, publicize relevant historical and archaeological research.
Secondly, we intend to collect and publish the names of the people who died in Treblinka. We believe that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people should not remain anonymous. We ask for the help of anyone who could provide us with reliable information. This is a difficult, extensive and long-term undertaking.
Thirdly, we need to establish an information center and educational walks. We want visitors to be able to learn as much as possible about how the camp functioned and about the Jews who died here. With each person who perished here, died their whole universe- their knowledge, traditions, customs, faith. We wish to tell people their stories. We want to present the works of art connected to the camp. The sculptures of Samuel Willenberg, prisoner of the camp, will definitely be exhibited here.
Today this place is filled with the silence remaining after those who were murdered here. This silence should not be drowned out. It is akin to the silence of Job, searching for the answer to God’s question for thousands of years. We wish to describe the silence, not disrupt it. The education center should definitely be located outside the camp’s boundaries and the walks must not disturb this space.
We ask anyone interested in our endeavor, anyone willing to help and become involved in our Foundation’s work, to contact us and support us.