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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and Terrifying, 15 July 2005
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This review is from: Escape from Sobibor (Paperback)
I have read this book about five times over and each time is more terrifying and unbelivable than the first.
Rashke portrays different experiences of those who lived through the Hell of Sobibor and the unthinkable things as to what human beings are capable of.
Escape from Sobibor highlights just what one person can achieve in such a hopeless and horrific situation.
This is possibly one of the most heartbreaking, yet inspiring books that I have ever read based on the Holocaust.
What makes the book so special is Rashke's personal encounters with the survivors, who gives the hero's of Sobibor a united voice with one purpose: to tell the world what happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most for any serious reader, 28 Jun. 2013
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I think everyone should read this book. Sobibor is not as well known and this book is well written and I think essesential reading.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let your heart break, 7 July 1999
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I've found that, as someone who was born in the '70s, with no conception of the horror of the Shoah, I tend to read books like this with detachment. It would be beyond arrogance to try to tap into the victims' feelings, but I've found that I have to let their stories *affect* me... to let my heart break for them.
This is a beautiful book to start with. As gripping as any thriller, it doesn't lose a bit of its humanity. Especially thought-provoking were the stories of Shlomo and Sasha. Nobody could remain unaffected over Sasha's torment for his daughter, Ela.
So why not five stars? I was disappointed with the bias against the Christian Poles. It is politically correct these days to villify them and to forget the story of their Shoah. At least five million non-Jews suffered in the death camps alongside their Jewish brothers and sisters, of whom Christian Poles made up a significant number of the victims. One of those victims was the Polish Catholic Saint Maximilian Kolbe, a priest who volunteered to die in the place of a father with children. Should not the Shoah of the five million non-Jews, among them the Christian Poles, be remembered as well?
ESCAPE FROM SOBIBOR paints, with few exceptions, the Christian Poles as villainous collaborators with the Nazis and totally ignores the fact that they suffered horrifically in the same camps as the Jews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!, 2 Dec. 2013
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I have read many books on the holocaust and this book is probably the best one i have ever read. This book goes far far beyond what was portrayed in the film 'Escape from Sobibor'. It tells of the characteristics of the escapers, what happened during and after the escape and how the people are now. Importantly, it tells the truth about Sobibor, about the victims and what can be learned. Buy this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ, 29 Aug. 2013
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A GREAT READ AND A BOOK ONCE PICKED UP CANT BE PUT DOWN HARD TO BELEIVE PEOPLE COULD DO THIS TO OTHER HUMAN BEINGS GREAT BOOK AND A GREAT FILM TO WATCH
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend., 31 July 2013
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Very interesting book, full of facts, but also a good read that gets you gripped by the story. Upsetting and hard to belive that this happened, the courage of man and how you can survive as some did is amazing,
Highly recommend .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escape From Sobibor, 24 Mar. 2013
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What a brilliant book! I am very interested in the Holocaust and have read quite a few books on the subject. I can't begin to imagine what strength it took for those Jewish prisoners to stand against the Nazis and get out of that awful camp. The pain they must have felt when they realized their families where gassed and burnt is unbelievable. I have seen the movie too and would recommend both the book and the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING FILM, 13 July 2014
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GRIPPING MOVIE BUT SAD
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 14 Jun. 2014
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I thought this was a really good book to read, and interesting in what did happen after the break out. I think it is better then the film. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!, 2 April 2014
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Heaven only knows how people found the will to survive after going through the hell of Sobibor. The thing I found devastating as well was how a number of the escapees were either betrayed and killed after surviving in Sobibor and managing to escape from it. I've read a number of books of this genre but this has been the best.
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