Treblinka was an extermination camp in Poland located between Warsaw and Bialystok that was established in May 1942. In only four hours, 17,000 people were killed daily. The Nazis destroyed the camp in 1943 to conceal their crime of killing 870,000 people, mostly Jews. Today, the only remains of the camp are 17,000 stones representing the number of people that were murdered each day. The big stones represent cities and towns that were completely wiped out.
"There is beautiful, tall, strong trees surrounding the camp making it look like a paradise from the outside, but inside hell resides…As I sit here, with the burning pit in front of me, which symbolizes where the ovens stood, someone has just lit a candle in honor of so many deaths. The fire has picked up the smell from the stones and for one second it smelled like dead bodies were being thrown into the furnaces and every piece of flesh was sizzling in the flame. ..We, as Jews, care for the human body even if it diseased, we watch them until they die. The Nazis managed to degrade the human body every way possible and as quick as they could."
Majdanek was established October 1941 as a camp for prisoners of war and it
became a concentration camp February 16, 1943. It is located in a major urban
area in the city of Lublin. With no trees or walls hiding it, residents of the city
witnessed the atrocities of the Nazis. Today, one-fifth of the camp is still standing
and can be up and running in 24 hours.