When Samuel Willenberg was 70 years old, 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.
The horror discovery was made at the site of the lesser-known Treblinka I forced labour camp where around 20,000 people were imprisoned of which around 10,000 died from exhaustion, injury or execution.
Poland's Foreign Ministry, on its Twitter account on Thursday, thanked Netflix Polska for the quick reaction on its documentary series about a notorious guard at the Nazi-German Treblinka death camp.
In a statement, the network said it would “make it clearer that the extermination and concentration camps in Poland were built and operated by the German Nazi regime who invaded the country and occupied it from 1939-1945.”
In a letter to the company’s CEO Reed Hastings, the PM scolded the network’s recent documentary series The Devil Next Door for “obfuscating historical facts” including a map which “falsely places several German Nazi concentration camps within modern-day Poland’s borders.”
Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the junior ruling coalition partner Agreement, on Sunday expressed criticism of a Netflix documentary series which they say presents untrue information about Poland's history during WWII.
Launched on August 2, 1943, in about 30 minutes of violence and mayhem around 300 prisoners managed to find their way through the barbwire to freedom. Among the 63 who survived to see the end of the war was Samuel Willenberg, an artist who would later fight with distinction in the Warsaw Uprising.
The awareness that the Germans were striving for the total extermination of Jews changed the character of Jewish resistance. Under no illusions about what the Germans were planning to do to them, ghetto residents began to build tunnels, bunkers and shelters. In total, about a thousand poorly armed insurgents took part in the fighting. Set against them were more than two thousand Wehrmacht, SS and Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Latvian auxiliary units with armoured vehicles and artillery.
Jewish tailor Moshe Bajtel had been friendly with his neighbours Aleksander and Sabina Smolak for years, so after escaping he went straight to the home of his long-time friend where he stayed for two years.
With an increasing number of Poles embracing the celebration of Halloween, an abandoned sanatorium in Otwock near Warsaw is proving a timely reminder that not all scares are staged…