So his description fits T-II better than T-I. Or at least the man clearly means to be referring to T-II in this interview. The interview itself has this man recounting details from before he was born (1915 - he was born in 1921) to the time of this interview.Heinz Rosenberg wrote: A: ... Then early in the
morning the SS opened these cattle car doors and they were standing there with the German
shepherds and with the kapos and they shouted “Get out you dirty Jews, get out, run, run, run,
get out, get out, run.” And we saw a gate and it said Treblinka. And it said “Arbeit Mach Frei,
the work will make you free.”
Q: And this was the middle of September?
A: This was probably the 17th or 18th of September, 1943. And we came to this camp, we had to
run. It was a terrible sweet smell. A terrible smell. We didn’t know what Treblinka was, we
had no idea. And we saw prisoners pulling tremendous loads, a wagon with shoes and with
clothes. And we were put separate on one spot, the 200, some had died, I don’t remember how
many made it or not. About 240 most probably. And there were kapos and there were Dutch
Jews and they told us where you from? I said we’re from Minsk. They said this is the ______
commando that meant this is the commando to heaven. I said what are you talking about?
Well, you will see, this is the commando to heaven. Do you have anything good with you? I
said why? I need this. You don’t need it anymore. They were one hundred per cent sure, these
kapos, we would be gassed too. So after a while, we were standing there about three hours, not
permitted to go to the toilet, there were no toilets. After three hours an SS delegation came and
said, are there any carpenters here? Yes, three carpenters. Any locksmiths? Yes. Any
plumbers? Yes. Any electricians? Yes. Get out, get out, get out. And I, my friend Herman
Hoffman was an electrician, he said to me, if they ask for locksmith next time, get out too.
Locksmith? Yes. I knew about it, I was in the steam room. I got out too. We took Otto
Menkin with us and Herman and about hundred people went out. And they said are there any
gardeners? Yes. Everybody went as a gardener. The gardeners we never saw again. But we
were pushed on the side and we went to a barrack and we had to undress. We had still not
prison uniforms but we had old clothes marked with ___. So we had to undress. The little
thing we had, here, here, here. Nothing. We were searched from top to bottom. Then we went
into a shower room. We didn’t know what it was. And we got out and then we came to a room
where they gave us each one a new uniform and wooden shoes or something like this and then
they said you will stay here and you will be transported to Deshov. So the kapos said to us, that
kapos, you are the first group that came in and goes out of here alive. So we still didn’t know
what Treblinka was. I never heard about Treblinka before, you know. But we heard the smell
and he said this is a death factory. But you know, even getting from the ghetto in Minsk, even
seeing everything, we didn’t know what a death factory was, you know. We didn’t know, we
didn’t know. So in the evening they put us back on a cattle car to Puchine which wasn’t too far
away. Because the next morning we got there. In Puchine was a work camp, a concentration
work camp, a very small camp. And we worked for the Heinkel factory. This was taken over
by the, this used to be Polish airplane factory, taken over by the Germans and we got there was
a small camp and this camp was, there were about 250 Polish Jews and women there. And just
before we got there, the SS had executed all the children there by beheading them. And the
grave, you know the mothers and fathers had to watch, there were about fifty children. So we
got there, the Polish Jews did not like the German Jews, they called us the Yekkas. There was
always friction, but they were in command. And we were put to work there in Puchine in one
camp and then the next camp. This lasted about, I would think, four or six months. I can’t
remember I have to look it up in my book. If you wait a minute I can get it. You want me to
make sure of the dates?
A: It was from September 17 to April 21, 1944, in Puchine. ...
T-II ceased the alleged gassings on August 19, 1943. This Rosenberg is claiming to have been there for about 1/2 day (tops) on September 17, 1943 - approximately a month after the last alleged T-II gassing.
EDIT: BTW, it isn't generally thought that either T-II or T-I had an "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign.
EDIT II: What was this Puchine camp he is referring to? If it was not near Treblinka, that would be good reason to doubt he was at either T-I or T-II.