Notice how the wording is a little tricky, a little weaselly. They have to say ‘consistent with’ and not matched because none of the witness testimony says anything specifically about star of David stamped tiles. Of course, this is obvious because the stamp would have been on the bottom and no one would have seen them. So were any other details about the tiles mentioned in any reports?
Holocausthandbooks.com and the book Treblinka—Extermination Camp or Transit Camp?, by Carlo Mattogno and Jürgen Graf, have conveniently made reports and testimony about Treblinka freely available online. The following is testimony from Yankel Wiernik. If you don’t know about Wiernik’s zany claims read this. As you can see he simply mentions ‘a baked tile floor’. No further details are given.
Next we have the verdict from the Court of Assizes of Düsseldorf of September 3, 1965, against Kurt Franz. About the tiles no details were given aside from them being on the floor and being on the walls to ‘a certain height’.
Deathcamps.org, a defunct Holocaust affirming website, mentions testimony from Jan Sulkowski. Once again there are no details about the tiles.
Sulkowski also testified that the Germans erected a ‘death-bridge’ to murder and torture Jews on for entertainment purposes. Because we all know that the Germans had plenty of time to murder and torture Jews in unique and elaborate ways while at the same time fighting a two-front war against multiple world powers.
The testimony in this video here illustrates why it is not impressive that more than one person said the alleged homicidal gas chambers in Treblinka had tiles. This is because there were rumors going around that Jews were being gassed in shower rooms. New inmates to the camps knew (or thought they knew) their fate of being gassed in bathhouses. How surprised they were when only water came out of the showerheads.
Finally we come to something that at least describes the color of the tiles. It is now that you will see why the article uses the term ‘reports’ and not testimony. That is because the description comes from a piece of paper. The following recounts origins of the manuscript, “The leaders of the ghetto underground archives (under the historian Emanuel Ringelblum) entrusted Rachel Auerbach with the task of recording the testimony given by Krzepicki (December, 1942–January, 1943). Krzepicki’s report–he was then 25 years old–was the first eyewitness account of the crimes perpetrated at Treblinka. The manuscript (in Yiddish) had been buried in the rubble of the ghetto along with other documents from the second part of the Ringelblum archives. It was recovered on December 1, 1950 by Polish construction workers beneath the ruins of 68 Nowolipki Street.” (source: The Death Camp Treblinka. A Documentary, edited by Alexander Donat, New York 1979)
The unearthed manuscript had the following to say about the tiles of the alleged gas chamber, “I saw before me a room which was not too large. It looked like a regular shower room with all the accoutrements of a public bathhouse. The walls of the room were covered with small, white tiles. It was very fine, clean work. The floor was covered with orange terra cotta tiles. Nickel plated metal faucets were set into the ceiling.” It is true that white (although they were not small) and terracotta tiles were discovered in the Sturdy Colls excavation of Treblinka.
CoDoH user, Carto’s Cutlass Supreme (who just so happens to be Dean Irebodd), speculates that Krzepicki never existed and the manuscript was actually just written by Rachel Auerbach herself (see image below). Auerbach, who just happened to be roomates with a rare Treblinka escapee. Auerbach, who just happened to be appointed as director for the Department for the Collection of Witness Testimony at Yad Vashem in 1954. It is also strange that someone who had escaped from a so-called death camp in Poland would not tell their story to the authorities. And that’s only the beginning, you can read this thread for further arguments on the matter. After careful consideration I tend to agree with Carto’s assessment. Although there is no way to prove it one way or another.
How did this manuscript have a description of the alleged gas chamber tiles that mostly matched what Colls found? First off, all we have is a piece of paper saying that it was a gas chamber. A living person can be questioned and cross-examined, a piece of paper can not. Considering all the circumstances surrounding the origin of the manuscript it is not unreasonable to discard it as an unreliable source of evidence. Plus there are many reasonable explanations to how the author of the manuscript could have named the correct colors of the tiles. Here are a few from CoDoH user Hermod:
In the end it is inaccurate and dishonest to state that the discovery of the tiles at Treblinka confirm the existence of homicidal gas chambers. The only thing the discovery confirmed is that there was a building with tiles in it.