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The pyres were huge grills made from railway rails laid upon concrete pillars, some thirty meters across. By spring 1943, fires burned at Treblinka day and night, sometimes consuming the corpses of decomposed bodies exhumed from the earth by Jewish laborers, sometimes the bodies of those who had just been asphyxiated. Women, with more fatty tissue, burned better than men; so the laborers learned to put them on the bottom of the pile. The bellies of pregnant women would tend to burst, such that the fetus could be seen inside. In the cold nights of spring 1943, the Germans would stand by the flame, and drink, and warm themselves.

Også dette er fra  Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin av Timothy Snyder, og nå skal jeg kanskje ikke plage dere med flere utdrag fra den. Skjønt hvem vet, jeg er fortsatt langt fra ferdig med den. Uansett er den verdt å lese, blant annet for sine skildringer av Tyskernes herjinger på østfronten. Som det står et annet sted i boka: photographers and cameramen captured of the corpses and the living skeletons at Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald seemed to convey the worst crimes of Hitler. As the Jews and Poles of Warsaw knew, and as Vasily Grossman and the Red Army soldiers knew, this was far from the truth. The worst was in the ruins of Warsaw, or the fields of Treblinka, or the marshes of Belarus, or the pits of Babi Yar. Og det er fortsatt ikke hundre år siden altså. Skremmende.

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