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What the allies knew- Report on Auschwitz and Treblinka

Allied Reports


Auschwitz and Treblinka


This report is an exact transcription of the letter provided by J.Linton to the Jewish Agency for Palestine in 1944, no corrections or edits have been made to the original text.


The Jewish  Agency For Palestine

77 Great Russell Street



18th August 1944


Drawing of Auschwitz 1944

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Dear Mr. Millard,


As arranged on the telephone this afternoon I enclose herewith plans and descriptions of the two death camps – at Auschwitz (Oswiecim) and Treblinka (Trzebinia), which I have just received from the Polish Ministry of the Interior.


Yours sincerely,


J. Linton


Enclosures :

 Auschwitz Drawing and Treblinka Report 1944



Treblinka A is for Poles who committed offences against the occupation army by not delivering the imposed quota of agricultural products or were caught smuggling. The discipline is very severe – the prisoners are being shot under the smallest pretext. The fame of this camp is established as well as that of Auschwitz / Oswiecim.  

In March 1942, the Germans have started the building of a new camp- Treblinka B, near Treblinka A. This camp was designated as a concentration camp for Polish Jews and for Jews from other European countries. On the building were employed Poles from the neighbouring camp and Jews, caught in the small towns in the vicinity. The camp was completed at the end of April, when also was built the centre point of the camp – the death house.  

The new camp – Treblinka B is situated on sandy hills among brush-wood. The area of the camp is comparatively small. It is about 5,000 hect. The camp is surrounded by a green fence interwoven with barbed wire entanglements.

Part of the fence runs through a young forest in the north. At the four corners of the camp, observation points were placed for the Lagerschutz (camp guard). The Lagerschutz consists mostly of Ukrainians armed with machine guns. At the observation points strong searchlights have been placed to light the entire place at night. Observation posts are also set in the middle of the camp and on the hills in the woodlands.

The western border of Treblinka B is formed by the rail embankment along which runs a side-track that connects the camp with the main railroad line. The side-line was constructed in recent months, in order that the trains of transports might be delivered directly to the slaughter-house.

The northern border of the camp is formed by the forest; east and south the border cuts through sandy hills. In the area of the camp, bushes form a long stretch parallel to the railroad tracks starting in the north.  

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Copyright Carmelo Lisciotto H.E.A.R.T 2011

Copyright Carmelo Lisciotto H.E.A.R.T 2010

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