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A little circle indicates a well. One of wells has burial pits on both sides. The other two wells are an estimated 3-5 minute walk away.
Arad's book should have been called Treblinka: The Ideal Place For a Death Camp. Because if you dig down a certain amount, an amount needed to bury 600,000 bodies (not a small hole!) you get dry dirt, dig a little further and you get fresh water, and 60 million pounds of decaying human matter willl never mix with the fresh water below!
There's a reason why hospitals, if they have pieces of human tissue, put it in a bag with the label "biohazard" on it, and dispose of it in a special way.
600,000 buried bodies: Let's say each person on average weighs 100 pounds. That is 60 million pounds of flesh, bone, intestines and blood decaying underground. This is what one well is nearly surrounded by. And you're somehow getting fresh drinking water from this well?
The presence of a well implies that if you dig down a certain amount of feet that you will hit water. Yet, you can dig down and bury 60 million pounds of human flesh with no problem, and not hitting a water table so that later when you decide to dig up all the bodies, they are all dry and able to be cremated on open air fires. Afterall, you can't exactly place sludge and bone on an open-air fire pit. Maybe they didn't dig down very far to bury the bodies. Suppose only the depth of a big swimming pool. Well I did the math on that, and figured out that you'd need the space of 80 Olympic swimming pools to do that. Yet on the map, the "burial pits" constitute around one sixth the size of the whole camp, and that's not including the woods area. In fact all the buildings take up about as much space as the burial pits.
Sobibor has one well. (page 35) And the burial place shown on Arad's map barely takes any space at all. So the hole must have been deep for 400,000 bodies! On a map of the region where Sobibor is located (shown in the link below) check out the proximity to little lakes, creeks, and the Bug River. All of which imply a high water table for being able to bury 400,000 bodies and then dig them up and being able to cremate them on open air fires and have fresh well water during the whole process: See:
This whole situation would be problematic for 1000 bodies, let alone 1 million bodies which is how many were buried at Treblinka and Sobibor combined.
1000 is one thousandth of a million.
Yankel Wiernik, the only inmate who wrote a book on Treblinka goes on and on about the well surrounded by the burial pits. It apparently was a fine well for fresh water! It's clear that this is the well he's talking about because the prisoners' living quarters and the guard tower are right next to the well, and this is where the escape happened:
"Camp No. 2 was entirely different. It contained a barrack for the workers, 30 x 10 meters, a laundry, a small laboratory, quarters for 17 women, a guard station and a well. In addition there were 13 chambers in which inmates were gassed"
"Beyond the area of our barrack there was a well that supplied the kitchen and laundry with water. We made use also of this "gateway," although it was guarded all the time. We made frequent trips to that well, even when we did not need water, in order to get the guards used to seeing us come and go."
The day before he escaped, guess what he was working on? Another well! LOL. Likely in the same area, since he states he's not in camp number 1:
"It so happened that I did not go to Camp No. 1 for several days because I was busy constructing an octagonal building with a suspended roof, resembling a guard station, that was to house a well."
In the following quote they're getting well water as a cover for getting ready to escape, but clearly this is a normal operating water well, which is why the guard didn't notice anything unusual.
"A crew was also picked for fetching water from the well. At around 5 p.m. there suddenly was a great need for water. The gate leading to the well was opened wide and the number of water carriers was considerably augmented."
"As soon as the signal shot rang out, the guard at the well had been killed and his weapons taken from him."
Source: Yankel Wiernik: A Year In Treblinka
We have a John Ball air photo of the terrain. It's flat land.
For Olympic Swimming pool math, see:
Map Source: Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka. The Operation Reinhard Death Camps. By Yitzhak Arad. Indiana University Press. pg. 39.
But I know. This is one of those "Flat Earth Society" type posts. It could easily be explained away by any expert on the subject. That's why there's barely 3 professors in the United States and Europe who don't believe the entire Treblinka and Sobibor story.