Dig at Nazi Camp Reveals Gas Chamber, Graves
Archeologist finds first physical evidence at Treblinka
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2014 9:04 AM CDT
A memorial on the grounds of the Nazi death camp in Treblinka, Poland.   (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

(Newser) – The Nazis tore down their notorious Treblinka death camp in 1943 and did their best to hide any physical evidence it ever existed. The strategy mostly worked, but some high-tech archeology is finally revealing the camp's secrets, reports LiveScience. British archeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls led a team that conducted the first digs at the site in Poland—Treblinka was actually two separate camps—discovering three previously unidentified mass graves and the apparent location of one of the camp's two gas chambers. They found the latter by scanning the ground with lasers to reveal a brick wall and foundation, and Colls says the gas chambers were the camp's only brick buildings. Nearby, the team found tiles stamped with the Star of David, which meshes with eyewitness accounts that the gas chambers were set up to look like bathhouses.

"Treblinka had never been looked at since the period after the war," says Colls. "And everybody had assumed that because the history books said it was destroyed, it was." Her team re-interred any remains they found after consulting with Poland's chief rabbi, "and it was heartwarming to see the reverence with which they treated" them, writes Curt Schleier at the Jewish Daily Forward. He got an early look at a show about the findings that airs at 8 Eastern tonight on the Smithsonian Channel. Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine is important and "worth watching," he writes, especially as the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles. David Hinckley at the Daily News agrees, though he was a little put off by the reality-show feel of its presentation. (Click to read about the recent arrest of a 93-year-old who worked at Auschwitz.)

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Mike Robins
Mar 30, 2014 4:32 PM CDT
It is well documented that Treblinka was a death camp. all the evidence is buried there...many bones have been found. Deal with it deniars! I would love to round up all the deniars and force them to dig through the dirt to find the evidence. But they will still deny what they find. LOL.
Lou Bernardo
Mar 30, 2014 3:36 PM CDT
The amout of ignorance of history in some of the comments are examples of how pathetic the failed U. s. education system is.
LeseMajeste
Mar 30, 2014 5:36 AM CDT
They killed people using exhaust from tanks? German tanks were fueled with diesel, which will make you sick if exposed to in an enclosed space, but will not kill a person. Now if you had said gasoline powered truck exhaust, you might be able to make this latest holocau$t fib seem realistic.