On February 16, 1923, Samuel Willenberg was born in Częstochowa

On February 16, 1923, Samuel Willenberg, pseudonym “Igo”, was born in Częstochowa (Poland). He was a prisoner of the Treblinka Extermination Camp, where he was sent on October 20, 1942. By passing himself as a bricklayer he was the only one from the transport to avoid death in the gas chamber. As a prisoner, he survived 10 months of hell in the camp. On August 2, 1943, he took part in an armed revolt and managed to escape along with several hundred other prisoners. Thanks to the help of the Poles, he successfully reached Warsaw, where he joined the conspiracy. He also took part in the Warsaw Uprising. After the war, in 1950, he emigrated to Israel with his wife and mother. He would return to Treblinka each year on August 2 to celebrate anniversaries of the revolt in Treblinka II. He died on February 19, 2016. This tradition is still continued by Samuel’s wife and daughter.

On this day, we would like to remind of the exhibition “The Image of Treblinka in the Eyes of Samuel Willenberg” commemorating people murdered in the Treblinka II Extermination Camp.



23 February 2022