It was rightfully suggested that this was a typo or an issue with the photocopying at the time or compiling. A single error of Sept 1941 perhaps, but the article on Malkinia quite a few pages previously puts Malkinia in existence at the same date of reporting; this is no error.
While current historiography has Treblinka 1 arbeitslager as a quarry this is no issue as so does the Intelligence report. Opened on 1 September 1941 as a forced-labour camp (Arbeitslager) which in reality was a prison.
Current historiography from July 1942,has the Vernichtungslager TII with three sections also called camps; they are in reality subcamps.
- Wohnlager administrative and residential compound.
- Auffanglager reception area
- Lager töten Killing camp
The Intelligence report states 3 camps in 1941 that do not correspond with the modern historiography.
- Camp 1...Arbeitslager... work camp
- camp 2...Konzentrationslager
- camp 3...Vernichtungslager
The only thing that potential corresponds is camp three being a death camp or death sub camp. The dates do not correspond nor do the functions of the other camps or sections.
As the Intelligence report precedes the modern historiography by a year it stands to reason that this is the first report on the Treblinka complex. Everything else is a morphing of what was already in existence with another function.
Aside from the verification of the intelligence received regarding these camps, a feasibility study of an attack on Treblinka and Majdanek was ordered by the Commander-in-Chief of the Home Army, General "Grot" Rowecki on January 27, 1943, who demanded that the report be returned by February 17, 1943. Exhibit 65. Based on this in-depth investigation, the Polish Ministry of the Interior in London issued its official comprehensive report about the Nazi concentration camps on March 1, 1943. Exhibit 66. Written in halting English, this report was cumbersomely entitled "List of Different Types of Concentration Camps for Poles" ("Poles" means all citizens of Poland, minorities included). However, this "List" clearly stated that the Treblinka II Camp where John Demjanjuk was alleged to have been was not an annihilation camp.
The annihilation camp "Treblinka III"
, according to this official governmental document, was located in an area of the large Czerwony Bor Forest, within a remote and secret old military base also named Czerwony Bor. The Treblinka III death camp for the Jews was therefore located about 40 kilometers north of the Treblinka II
The Treblinka II Camp, considered during the Jerusalem trial as the annihilation camp, was described in this official, multi-paged governmental document as just an ordinary concentration camp.
While the location of the Treblinka III
camp was remote and secretive, the Treblinka II was located 240 meters from an important railway and 270 meters from a concrete-paved roadway, then considered in rural Poland to be the equivalent of a busy superhighway. The nearby Wolka Okraglik village dwellings were located 800 (eight hundred) meters away from the Treblinka II Camp, and during this camp's existence, local peasants cultivated their fields up to the camp's barbed wire fences. Exhibit 67. If there were an annihilation program going on at Treblinka II it would have been visible to everyone in the surrounding area.
The Polish report mentioned above is available from the Hoover Archive at Stanford University.
Note that this information corresponds with what I have said for over two years now and correlates with the Intelligence report mentioned.