Survivor’s Daughter to Design Holocaust Center at Treblinka

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Israeli daughter of a survivor of the Treblinka death camp has been commissioned to design a Holocaust education center to be opened on the premises at Treblinka, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.

The plan to have Orit Willenberg-Giladi, an architect from Tel Aviv and daughter of Samuel Willenberg, who escaped from Treblinka, design the project was announced Friday at a ceremony in Warsaw commemorating the 70th anniversary of the uprising in Treblinka.

During the ceremony, the foundation stone was laid for the Holocaust Education Center of Treblinka, which is to be built over the next three to four years.

The Treblinka extermination camp was partly destroyed during the uprising of prisoners that took place on August 2, 1943.

Some 870,000 people were murdered at Treblinka, according to Yad VaShem.

“Our goal was to destroy the factory of death,” said Samuel Willenberg, who is the last-known living survivor from the camp. Willenberg took part in the uprising, which he said lasted for only about 30 minutes.

During the ceremony, Shevah Weiss, a former Israeli ambassador to Poland, appealed to the government to repeal the recent ban on shechitah in Poland.

“This is a bridge. I’m talking to Poles. Do not destroy this bridge today,” Weiss said. “There are not many Jews in Poland. Let them live peacefully and preserve their rituals.”