Reconstruction of Treblinka: Introduction

The studies which have resulted in this report were begun several years ago. Having worked extensively as a professional in the use of aerial reconnaissance imagery, I had long been interested in the questions concerning the Holocaust. Beginning in 1998, I began researching the available facts about the death camps. During this period I came across the CIA study of Auschwitz by Brugioni, and upon reading this I decided that a thorough and modern analysis of all the death camps was called for. This was to include Auschwitz, Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka. I soon came to realize that, despite the limited aerial photographic coverage, the task entailed much more time than I had anticipated. In part this was due to the difficulty of reconstructing events and physical plant, now 60 years in the past, using just a very few frames of aerial photography, secondary published sources, verbal testaments by victims and perpetrators, and a few scattered snapshots taken within the camp grounds. I spent many hours trying to verify just a single fact. Much effort was spent on obtaining high quality copies of the photographs. To do this, I used the latest professional digital camera. Due to the increasing complexity of the project and personal time pressures, I had to concentrate my efforts. Treblinka became the sole object of my research. Treblinka was chosen because it was the first camp I began to study, and the most familiar when I had to restrict the study to one camp at a time.