Daughter of survivor to design Treblinka education center
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The Israeli daughter of a Jewish man who escaped Treblinka will design a Holocaust education center to be opened on the premises of the Nazi death camp.
The plan to have Orit Willenberg-Giladi, an architect from Tel Aviv and daughter of Samuel Willenberg, design the center was announced Aug. 2 at a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of an uprising in Treblinka.
During the ceremony, Pawel Spiewak, director of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, called the site “one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world.”
Participants laid the foundation stone for the Holocaust Education Center of Treblinka, which is to be built over the next three to four years. The project cost is unknown.
The Treblinka extermination camp was partly destroyed during the uprising of prisoners that took place on Aug. 2, 1943.
Some 870,000 people were murdered at Treblinka, according to the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem. The first transports reached Treblinka on July 23, 1942, and included Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto approximately 62 miles away.
“Our goal was to destroy the factory of death,” said Samuel Willenberg, who is the last-known living survivor from the camp. “This whole revolt lasted maybe 20 or 30 minutes. We wanted this camp to stop working. “
Willenberg was one of 300 prisoners who escaped during the uprising; 200 were later recaptured. He made his way to Israel in 1950, where he still lives. — jta
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