According to the legend, around 3,000 Jews gave themselves up voluntarily in the Hotel Polski trap set by the Germans to offer foreign papers in the summer of 1943. Those who stepped forward were supposedly going to be exchanged for German prisoners abroad, but instead they were sent to transit camps at Bergen-Belsen, Vittel (France) and Tittmoning, from where most of them went to Auschwitz. Others were sent to Auschwitz directly, or were shot in the Pawiak prison.
So the holocaustic orthodoxy tells of no transport from Hotel Polski to Treblinka. Yet, just before the revolt, Wiernik has spoken of these people whom allegedly showed up in Treblinka to be driven to the gas chambers and to be eventually gassed in the standard procedure amidst shouts, blows, dogs, powerful kicks, Ukrainians drunkards, carousing Germans, etc...
The 1944 version published in America shows:
There were, at that time, no transports whatsoever and the only executions were those carried out on individual Jews, for our executioners simply could not remain idle. Then the Germans were all in a good mood once again, and there was a chance to resume their murderous activities because new martyrs had arrived: a transport from Warsaw which was supposed to proceed abroad. All the people in that transport were well-to-do and looked prosperous. They numbered about 1,000 men, women and children. We guessed that it was a transport of people who had paid plenty of money to be conveyed to a place of safety. As I subsequently learned, they were first housed in the Hotel Polski, a first-class establishment on Dluga Street in Warsaw and then brought to Treblinka to be killed. We found out who these people were when sorting their belongings after their murders.
A Year in Treblinka - AMERICAN REPRESENTATION of the GENERAL JEWISH WORKERS' UNION of POLAND (p.41)
And so does the 1944 version published in Warsaw:
Pewnego dnia znów wszyscy w dobrym nastroju. Powrócą do swojej zbójeckiej pracy. Mają męczenników. Przybył transport z Warszawy. który miał rzekomo wyjechać zagranicę. Byli to ludzie debrze usytuowani. Poznać po nich było ich dobrobyt. Było ich około 1000 osób. Mężczyźni, kobiety i dzieci. Zrozumieliśmy, że jest to transport ludzi, którzy zapłacili grube pieniądze, za to by ich zawieźć w bezpieczne miejsce. Zabrano im wszystko. Trzymano ich Wwie, jak się później dowiedziałem, w pierwszorzędnym hotelu Polskim na Długiej i wykończono w Treblince. Poznaliśmy kim są po dowodach, gdy pracowaliśmy przy sortowaniu rzeczy. Zginęli jak wszyscy.
Rok w Treblince - NAKŁADEM KOMISJI KOORDYNACYJNEJ WARSZAWA (p.21)
My hypothesis is thus: Is the Hotel Polski story just one mendacity within the whole lie? It would mean that the episode has just passed from Treblinka to Auschwitz in the beginning of 1945 when the storytellers have tought Treblinka was not enough as a death combine, and that they forgot to update the transfer of that fabrication for 60 years. Therefore it would help to denounce Jankiel Wiernik as a patent fraud.
Has anybody more information on Hotel Polski and the alleged fate of the "survivors"?
The official historiography on this subject is made of two books.
- Yad Vashem Studies 1, 1957.
- Abraham Shulman, The Case of Hotel Polski. (Holocaust Library, 1982).