Treblinka I - Food

Food was to be delivered to the camp by the Mayor’s Office in Sokołów Podlaski, but in practice peasants from the surrounding villages were forced to deliver appropriate products under the quota (forced deliveries). The main gate of the camp was the assembly point. Here Ukrainian guards and prisoners took over the carts from peasants.

Prisoners received breakfast consisting of 1/2 litre of watery soup or groats, one litre of similar soup for dinner with potatoes or swedes, sometimes cabbage. The norm was a portion of 3 kg of flour per 200 l of soup. For dinner – a cup of unsweetened black cereal coffee, 10-20 decagram of wholemeal bread, sometimes with a piece of margarine or marmalade, measured with a spoon. Prisoners also ate black coffee grounds, and one loaf of bread had to be shared by 10 people.

Prisoners received meat very rarely and it came from “fallen” horses, which were brought to the camp by local peasants. Prisoners working outside were secretly fed with food parcels handed over to them. The wives and daughters of the inmates came near the camp to see, though from afar, their loved ones. Sometimes it was possible to bribe the guard to talk for a while and feed the prisoner on the spot. Such occasions were rare. In 1944, the prisoners received food parcels from the Polish Red Cross twice.