Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine
Recently on Netflix I found a documentary titled Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine. I watched the entire thing. It was only an hour, but it gave me a new insight to what it was really like inside of these death camps. The main objective of the documentary was about Caroline Sturdy Colls who is a British murder investigator. She was granted permission to be able to do archology work on the site of what use to be Treblinka two. She planned to prove that Treblinka was not just a transit camp, as the Nazi’s first admitted that it was, but a death camp as well. Treblinka was originally split into two parts, Treblinka one, and Treblinka two. The site that Caroline excavates is the second camp, since the camp was destroyed before the end of War she must rely on new technology such as LIDAR, a radar technology that allows Caroline to take aerial photos and strip back the vegetation to inspect indents, depressions, and such within the land that could be clues to where gas chambers or mass graves are located. This technology is deemed successful, and after several trenches are dug, they are able to find tiles that would have been located inside of the gas chambers. In order to disguise the gas chambers, the Nazi’s built them to look like replicas of Jewish bathhouses. The Star of David was a prominent symbol and widely used throughout Jewish communities. The gas chambers at Treblinka were deemed successful by the Nazi’s due to their large capacities and the ability to kill over 900,000 in less than a year’s time. More Jews were killed at the Treblinka camps than any other extermination camp during the holocaust.
Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine. Documentary