Virtual tour of sculptures depicting Nazi death camp scenes opens

When Willenberg was 70 years old and living in Israel, he enrolled on a sculpture course and turned his experiences into art by creating 15 sculptures that show traumatic events that he either witnessed or was directly involved in at the German extermination camp. Kalbar/TFN

"Treblinka Through the Eyes of Samuel Willenberg," an exhibition of sculptures by a witness to German crimes committed in the Treblinka extermination camp, built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during WWII, can be viewed online from Sunday.

The exhibition has been prepared by the Polish Institute of National Remembrance (IPN).

Willenberg, a Polish-Jewish artist who joined the Polish armed forces at the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, was incarcerated in the camp and participated in a revolt by its inmates in 1943. His sculptures depict the camp's atrocities, as well as the outbreak of the revolt with almost photographic precision.

The 15 bronze sculptures were donated to the exhibition by Willenberg's widow, Ada Krystyna Willenberg.

 The exhibition is accessible at https://lastwitness.eu/ and is related to Sunday's observances of the 77th anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in which Warsaw's Jews rose against the Germans.

Read more about Samuel Willenberg and his sculptures here.