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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Escape From Sobibor for showing the Hollywood
version of this greatest of escapes of Jews and Russian from a death camp.

Escape From Sobibor
Based on a True Story

Escape From Sobibor (1999) - 119 minutes
Escape From Sobibor at Amazon.com

Rutger Hauer's Golden Globe Winning Performance!

During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to threaten that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had been spared from the ovens, knew that they were on borrowed time and that their only hope was to escape… the only question was how to do it. However, because the Germans would kill an equal number of others whenever a group attempted to escape, the captives knew that if ever an escape was tried, all 600 prisoners in the camp would have to be included… logistically precluding any ideas about tunnels of sneak breakouts. Indeed, to have such a mass escape could only mean that the Ukrainian guards and German officers would have to be killed, which many of the Jews felt simply reduced themselves to no better than their captors… thus making it a struggle of conscience. And therein lies the story, with the film being based on a factual account of what happened at that Sobibor prison.

4-4-16 Sobibor Nazi death camp survivor Schelvis dies at 95
Sobibor Nazi death camp survivor Schelvis dies at 95
The last Dutch survivor of the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor, Jules Schelvis, has died at his home aged 95. After World War Two he worked to document what happened at Sobibor, one of three secret death camps built by the Nazis in occupied eastern Poland. About 250,000 people, mainly Jews, were murdered there from 1942-43. More than 34,000 were from the Netherlands. Jules Schelvis lost most of his family in the war and survived six more camps until he was finally freed in 1945.

11-6-15 Thomas Blatt 1927–2015: The Nazi death camp inmate who survived a daring escape
Thomas Blatt 1927–2015: The Nazi death camp inmate who survived a daring escapeg
Thomas Blatt was sure he’d die on the evening of Oct. 14, 1943. He was a 16-year-old Jewish inmate at the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp and about to take part in a mass revolt. “We had no dreams of liberation,” Blatt later wrote of his 600 fellow prisoners. “We hoped merely to destroy the camp and die from bullets rather than gas.” The prisoners overpowered and killed many of the camp’s SS guards, but suffered heavy losses. Blatt was one of only 50 inmates who survived the escape and the war, and he remained haunted by Sobibor for the rest of his life. “I’m still there,” he said in 2010, “in my dreams, in everything.”
Born in eastern Poland, Blatt and his family were sent to a ghetto by the Nazis in 1942 and then deported to Sobibor, southwest of Warsaw. “His parents and 10-year-old brother, Henryk, were immediately killed,” said The New York Times. Blatt was spared because the camp commander needed a shoeshine boy. After escaping, he fought with partisans against the Germans and eventually immigrated to California, where he ran three electronics shops.
Blatt spent decades raising awareness about Sobibor, and in 2010 he testified in Germany at the trial of John Demjanjuk—a retired Ohio autoworker, originally from Ukraine, accused of working as a guard at the Treblinka, Majdanek, and Sobibor camps. Demjanjuk was convicted of being an accessory to thousands of murders but remained free on appeal, and died in 2012. “Demjanjuk’s imprisonment was less important to Blatt than the trial itself,” said WashingtonPost.com. “The trial is what matters to me,” he said in 2011. “The world should find out how it was at Sobibor.”

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Escape From Sobibor
Based on a True Story

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Escape From Sobibor for showing the Hollywood
version of this greatest of escapes of Jews and Russian from a death camp.