Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine follows Sturdy Colls into Poland, where she meets with a few, a very few survivors of the camp and collaborates (that word is even polluted now) with members of the Treblinka museum as well as aerial archaeologist Chris Going of the GeoInformation Group; and historian Rob van der Laarse at the University of Amsterdam. Sturdy Colls and her team conduct aerial photography using LiDAR (light detection and ranging), a photographic technique that in effect strips away the lovely forest, revealing the contours, bumps, depressions and other landscape anomalies that any archaeologist recognizes as the remains of ancient foundations.
It was certainly interesting but the findings, as these things usually are, were nothing terribly conclusive or exciting in most respects. Not sure why they didn’t just drag a GPR over the place if they wanted to find buried walls, but they didn’t, so there you have it. They found a few items and gave good background, but the actual excavations were fairly uninteresting, IMV. By that I mean some interesting little finds, such as some false teeth and some scattered remains but nothing that nails anything down.
I’m really starting to dislike the overuse of the term ‘denier’ as well as they do here with Holocaust deniers. We’ve seen so many things that “everybody knows” — fat is bad, bacteria don’t cause ulcers, etc., ad nauseum if I spent five more minutes on it — fall by the wayside that calling someone a ‘denier’ these days is just another word for “shut up”.