Samuel Willenberg

Polish-born sculptor and Holocaust survivor, participant at the revolt and escape at Treblinka extermination cap (1923-2016)

Samuel Willenberg (February 16, 1923 – February 19, 2016) was a Polish-born Israeli prisoner in the Treblinka extermination camp. He was part of its prisoner revolt, and a participant of the Warsaw Uprising. In the uprising, he used the name Igo.

Samuel Willenberg
Samuel Willenberg Treblinka 2 sierpnia 2013.JPG
Samuel Willenberg at Treblinka,
August 2, 2013
Born(1923-02-16)February 16, 1923
Częstochowa, Poland
DiedFebruary 19, 2016(2016-02-19) (aged 93)
NationalityPolish, Israeli
Known forHolocaust art
MovementRealism, post-expressionism

Willenberg was born in Częstochowa, Poland.

After the war he lived in Israel. He received the highest of Poland's orders including Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit. It was awarded by President Lech Kaczyński.

His memoir, titled Revolt in Treblinka, was published in Hebrew, Polish and English between 1986 and 1991. He was a sculptor and painter.

Willenberg died on February 19, 2016 from complications of a stroke in Udim, Israel. He was aged 93.[1] Before his death, he was the last living survivor of Treblinka.


  1. Miller, Sara (February 20, 2016). "Samuel Willenberg, the last surviving Treblinka prisoner, dies at 93". Times of Israel. Retrieved February 20, 2016.

Other websitesEdit

  • Michał Grynberg, Maria Kotowska, Życie i zagłada Żydów polskich 1939–1945 (The Life and extermination of Polish Jewry 1939–1945). Warsaw, Oficyna Naukowa 2003, p. 202. ISBN 83-88164-65-1.
  • Samuel Willenberg, Bunt w Treblince (Revolt in Treblinka). Warsaw, Biblioteka "Więzi" 2004, pp. 9–150. ISBN 83-88032-74-7.
  • Patrycja Bukalska, "Piekło płonie" (The Hell burns) in: Tygodnik Powszechny [on-line]., 16/2013 (Special). Accessed August 29, 2013.
  • Barbara Engelking, Dariusz Libionka, Żydzi w powstańczej Warszawie (Jews in the Warsaw Uprising). Warsaw, Stowarzyszenie Centrum nad Zagładą Żydów (Center for Holocaust Association) 2009, pp. 75–155. ISBN 978-83-926831-1-7.