Treblinka II did not have a crematorium so bodies were burnt in the open in a burning pit. The Nazis experimented with finding the most efficient way to burn bodies quickly. What size, shape, sex and fuel burnt quickly.
The Monument stands where the gas chambers of the extermination camp once stood. It is surrounded by a forest of 17000 stones, which represents the number of people who were murdered each day when the camp was in full production. I took the picture from a distance so I could include the stones and trees in the middle of a stone circle as well as the monument.
There's not much anything left, but they've build a huge monument there and there's a lot of other things, stones put there later. The camp is mostly just forest, the stones of the "black road" still remain though. When we visited there the day was very hot, and the place was full of butterflies due to the flowers which were growing all over there. It was a bit creepy place, even though almost nothing was left. Worth visiting if you're interested in such places.
See my Treblinka page for more information.
The camp is out in the middle of nowhere and I guess that is why the location was chosen in the first place. It is not to difficult too find if you are driving and there are some direction signs. It is next to what could be described as a B road but the road is so bad that speeds above 40kph will shake your fillings out. If you taken the direct route from Malkinia Grn. you have to drive over a bridge that was in a previous life used by trains. The rails are still down and the gaps filled by wooden planks. At either end of the bridge which crosses the River Bug, there is a width restriction. A small car will make it without any problem, a middle sized car will need mirror(s) pulled back and a large car may be too wide.
There are 3 sites at Treblinka. The Extermination Camp (Treblinka II) is approximately 0.5km from the Main Car Park. Most visitors only go to the Extermination Camp because the Labour Camp (Treblinka I) is a further 2km walk. The third site is the Execution Site which is further .5km walk. It is a pleasant 5 km walk altogether but if you want to avoid the walk it is possible to drive along the Black Road which is the same route as walking. If you ask the staff at the kiosk they will give you permission to drive along it.
Do not be stupid like me and shelter from the rain off the path and under the trees. As I found out the ticks are just waiting for a meal and you are it. Nothing wakes you up after a shower to discover you have one of these creatures having a meal on your leg. As I discovered they do not drop off the trees on to you but crawl up your leg.
This location is 2.5km from the main monument. It is listed as an execution site though I have been unable to find out anymore than this. It has a monument(pictured) grave stones and crosses.
Prisoners from the Labour Camp were forced to work in the Quarry. The Stone Quarry is one of the few visible sites of the original camp
The Labour Camp is 2km from Treblinka II and has even less visitors than the main Monument. During the 2 hours I spent at this end of the Treblinka Museum Site I only saw 1 car with visitors and no one on foot. The camp has only foundations left with a notice board describing the purpose of the various buildings.