Escape from Sobibor Paperback – 1 Jul 1995
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"Brilliantly reconstructs the degradation and drama of Sobibor." -- San Francisco Chronicle. "A sensitive, thoughtful, and well-researched account of the 'biggest prisoner escape of World War II.'" -- Jewish Chicago. "Breathtakingly suspenseful and horrifying at the same time." -- Publishers Weekly
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Poignant in its honesty and grim in its details, Escape from Sobibor offers stunning proof of resistance - in this case successful - by victims of the Holocaust. The smallest of the extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany during World War II, Sobibor also was the scene of the war's biggest prisoner escape. Richard Rashke's interviews with eighteen of those who survived provide the foundation for this volume. He also draws on books, articles, and diaries to make vivid the camp, the uprising, and the escape. In the afterword to this reprint, Rashke relates how the Polish government in October 1993 observed the fiftieth anniversary of the escape and how it has beautified the site since a film based on his book appeared on Polish television.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
Highly recommend .
The film ‘Escape from Sobibor’ was a brilliant resource and I’ve seen it so many times, over the years, that I know off off by heart.
This book tells the story of the revolt in the death camp and tells us what happened to the survivors afterwards.
Of particular interest to me was the young idealist, Stanisław [Shlomo] Schmaltzer (Polish spelling Szmajner). (1923-1989 – but he lived to see the vicious Commandant Wagner killed – probably he was the killer since he’d spent his life trying to track him down.) When I discovered that he had died, I wept as if he were an old friend. The film and the book are emotionally moving – and I believe education shouldn’t just appeal to reason but to spirituality.
Shlomo was born 50 miles west of Sobibor. He was bored with school and used to ‘bunk off’ to watch a goldsmith at work. That was his salvation because he made gold rings for the SS from the fillings extracted from the teeth of those who went to the gas chambers. He also got to know the habits and movements of the SS so well – the Germans love routine – that it was possible to kill them off one by one so as to facilitate the escape.
I am also interested in Thomas "Toivi" Blatt, who is still alive today. Schlomo protected him and they escaped together. Having escaped, they hid in a barn –and the farmer tried to shoot them dead – because they were Jews.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes very good read recommend this book should only be read by an adult this is my opinionPublished 9 months ago by Dave Birch
Well written . And very moving details given by the survivors . A must read . Due to too many Holocaust deniers out there .Published 9 months ago by Odette Jones
As part of my Holocaust education programme for late Key Stage 3/Early Key Stage 4 RE, I had a scheme of work based on the key question: What experiences might make people give up,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
absolutely fantastic- saw the movie years ago n I thoroughly enjoyed it and saw the film again recently. This made me buy the book and would give it a lot more than 5 starsPublished 17 months ago by bookworm
This book provides evidence that however little we thought we knew about the Holocaust, in fact we knew even less. Read morePublished 22 months ago by alan walters
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.Published on 14 Jun. 2014 by miss ra churchard
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