Escape from Sobibor book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Poignant in its honesty and grim in its details, Escape from S. This book is based on interviews with 18 survivors of Sobibor. Richard Rashke tells their stories. The biggest prisoner escape of World War II. Escape from Sobibor is a British television film which aired on ITV and CBS. It is the story The script, by Reginald Rose, was based on Richard Rashke's book of the same name, along with a manuscript by Thomas Blatt, "From the.
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Escape from Sobibor [Richard Rashke, Robert Blumenfeld] on echecs16.info * FREE* I hate to coin an overused phrase, but the book was much better. Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Information on the Sobibor concentration camp was Add Audible book to your download for just $ Deliver to your. Escape from Sobibor: The Heroic Story of the Jews Who Escaped from a Nazi Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction.
I owe my discovery of Richard Rashke's Escape from Sobibor to my father. He introduced me to the death camp in one of our notorious late night discussions and his account of operations within the compound and the subsequent uprising that took place there were so captivating that I took it upon myself to learn more about the remarkably obscure chapter of Operation Reinhard. Rashke's was the first title Google turned up and thanks to Open Library, it was also freely available for download. I felt providence was on my side and I checked it out thinking myself well-prepared for the material it promised to address. It took only a few pages for me to realize how wrong that assumption had been.
There are millions of stories from the victims of the Holocaust that go unheard. We must make all the more effort to honour the voices that could share. Rashke does this beautifully. Oct 02, Meaghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a brilliant, heartbreaking book and put together very well.
It's a non-fiction story about a real event, but the way it's written, it reads like a Frederick Forsyth novel. If you didn't know if was non-fiction you wouldn't guess from reading it. Yet the author also includes endnotes where he explains what sources he uses, and how he dealt with conflicting sources, and his opinions as to what was reliable and what wasn't -- just like in a regular history book.
I read this book feeling a lo This is a brilliant, heartbreaking book and put together very well. I read this book feeling a lot of rage and frustration.
At the Allies mostly, who knew perfectly well what was going on and were united in their indifference to it. At the Poles, for being so brutal and inhuman to their fellow countrymen, to the point where they were as dangerous to Jews as the Nazis themselves if not more so. Even after their escape from Sobibor, things did not really improve for the survivors sometimes until years had passed.
One group of three were hidden in a farmer's barn and he gradually milked them of all the money and gold they had, then ambushed and shot them in their hiding place.
Two of them survived the ambush by playing dead and then escaped, wounded; a third was killed outright. A couple who had met and fell in love in Sobibor were hidden by a somewhat nicer farmer who also charged them a bundle for it but did not kill them. This couple married and had a baby right after the war One of the leaders of the uprising, Leon Feldhander, made it back to Lublin and settled in his own apartment Given all they went through, I'm amazed that the survivors Rashke interviewed for his book had come out as well as they did, psychologically speaking.
The last part of the book, where he describes tracking down these people and interviewing them, kind of dragged a bit, but I still think it was a valuable addition to the book.
This is definitely one of the best Holocaust books I've read. And I think the story was told just in time. I'd be surprised if there were any Sobibor survivors left today, and even most Holocaust researchers know very little about the camp.
But this is a story worth knowing. View all 5 comments. Dec 11, Lori Spier rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the hardest reviews I've ever written. The subject matter of the book the exterminaton camp Sobibor in Eastern Poland alone makes going "Yes! In all seriousness though, this is an excellent book. I''d heard of Sobibor before and read some books where the camp had been included in mini-chapter because, frankly, little is known about the camp.
Notably, Rashke's work also corrects many of the errors found in other books that cover Sobibor. Exterminat This is one of the hardest reviews I've ever written. Extermination camps were where Jews were sent to die.
The fact that Jews escaped from the camp is amazing. The fact that it was the largest escape from any camp - POW, work or extermination - makes the story astounding. The story is told by survivors of the camp who were fortunate enough to be in on the escape and then to later successully elude not only the Germans, but also the anti-Semetic Poles. It covers life prior to the ghettos and the camps, as well as life after the war ended. The book is, by turns, compelling, horrifying, and saddening, but, over all of it, it is full of heroism, hope, courage and determination to live and to tell the world of what happened at Sobibor.
You will come away from reading this book changed and shaken to your core. Aug 10, Doreen Petersen rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a moving book! I still cry and honor those who were killed in all the death camps.
One would think after learning of this history we would never let history repeat itself but alas we have not. Shame on us. Dec 08, Alexandra marked it as to-read-own Shelves: View 2 comments. Apr 24, Cherry rated it it was amazing Shelves: As the survivors have said, if you were not a witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust, and in particular, in the death camps like Sobibor, it is impossible to understand.
Even so, it is important that we are aware and that we try to understand. This is a well-researched book offering the personal reports from survivors who managed to resist, escape and then either fight with partisans or hide until the Russians pushed the front lines past their hiding places.
Then years later, these traumatize As the survivors have said, if you were not a witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust, and in particular, in the death camps like Sobibor, it is impossible to understand.
Then years later, these traumatized people were willing to relive their memories of these horrors in order to fight again to ensure that another generation would know the truth. So many times, survivors of the Holocaust are asked if they believe it can happen again, and the response is always a resounding YES. Humanity has shown that it can perform this type of atrocity and we have seen many mass murders, ethnic cleansings, genocides.
Nothing on the same scale or industrialization, but the inhumanity and capacity for cruelty is still there. These days, of course there is still anti-Semitism, and it seems to be on the rise again.
The Jews are not the only people being systematically hated, though. With the influx of Muslims into Europe and the Americas over the past decades, there is now a new scapegoat and a new "other" for people to hate and fear.
Continuing proxy wars and strife in the Middle East has of course increased the division and radicalized people on both sides. The supposedly rational, supposedly good and kind people of civilized nations are making the same suggestions of driving people out based on religion and ethnicity, are making the same sweeping accusations of criminality.
The same arguments that politicians made in the 40s in London and Washington, DC to excuse their rejection of Jewish refugees are being used to block Muslim refugees. The current situation cannot be compared in scope to the Holocaust, of course. There are no death camps, no gas chambers in Syria or Afghanistan. There is not an industry of death. But the arguments against helping people who are being killed by the thousands are the same.
Fear of the other trumps any fellow feeling. As a populace, we still don't care about people who are dying somewhere else if we would have to share what we have with them to let them live. I hate it when fantasy books or tv shows turn Nazis and especially Hitler into monsters, like in the tv series Grimm, where Hitler was a creature with super powers to manipulate the minds of hearers.
This is an excuse, both for the people who imagined the horrors and for the people who participated or turned a blind eye to them. Humans did this. Regular people like you and me. Not monsters, just people. The Holocaust can happen again and it is our responsibility to inform ourselves and try to inform those around us, help people to understand that humanity has the capacity for great violence and evil. It happened once and it can happen again. Books like this are important. I wish everyone would read this from start to finish -- even the epilogue is an important insight into the effects on the survivors and the next generation.
Just as a final note, I listened to the Audible audiobook version and the narrator was excellent and clearly made an effort to pronounce names and terms correctly whether they were German, Yiddish, Polish, Russian or Portuguese.
The reader in an audiobook can ruin an excellent book if they do a poor job, but this reader enhanced the experience.
May 06, Michael rated it it was amazing. I have read any books regarding the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis against Jews and other groups. This book described the brutality and hatred of many Poles also toward the Jews. It is difficult to attribute these crimes solely to the Nazis. There were hundreds of concentration camps that were used to kill, torture, and exploit the Jews and others deemed un worthy by the Nazis.
To have such a vast network of horrors required more than just the Nazi criminals to run them. It is unbelievable t I have read any books regarding the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis against Jews and other groups. It is unbelievable that the general populations of Germany, Poland, and other countries were unaware of the fate of the Jews inside their own borders. This book captured the humanity of the Jewish captives surrounded by people who hated them. Descriptions of the torture and brutality as witnessed by the survivors was compelling.
The survivors interviewed were forever changed and haunted by what they endure. Their escape and hardships suffered after their escape was also compelling.
What makes this book so disturbing is that it is true and happened in the very recent past. Nov 11, A Serious Lover rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this updated version of Escape from Sobibor I am struck with how difficult it is for survivors of tragedy to remember and bear witness and how difficult it is for those who record their testimony. This was a wonderful blending of the first person accounts together with the personal histories of those giving testimony.
As the Holocaust Survivors age it is of the greatest importance that their testimony be preserved. We must never forget! I find it interesting as I finish this book to realize it is a minute past midnight on January Also now known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.
A rather fitting day to finish reading about Sobibor, a Death Camp I was not really familiar with. I've studied so many stories of the Holocaust I've visited Dachau while in my 20s. I never thought anything could affect me more. Then I stumbled over Richard Rashke's book and now the tears are streaming down my face.
To read the tru We must never forget! To read the true life stories of some of the survivors, to visualize as best I can what the Jewish people dealt with, hoping to survive just one more day, makes me more committed than ever to do all I can to help make sure this horror never happens again. I pray for the souls that were lost and I am thankful to the survivors who were brave enough to relive the fear they had faced, to be able to share that with everyone who reads this.
Thank you to the author for writing such an honest and very descriptive book for future generations to know the truth about what happened to the , who lost their lives in the Death Camp called Sobibar.
Never forget!! Unbelievably well written, emotional piece of work. The stories told made me feel like I was there. Such first-hand accounts of the atrocities of camps I have never even heard of. Triumphant and brave. I've read many books on concentration camps, work camps or death camps and had never heard of a camp call Sobibor and was very interested in why I hadn't read much about it and where it was.
The author did a good job of answering my questions. I was impressed with this book. May 03, Noella Allisen rated it liked it. Oh this is a tough one to review. An important subject never to be forgotten. The depth of the research that went into this story is evident. The reading of it was a challenge for me but not just because of the horrific details of brutality.
Oh there were so many. I couldn't connect to any one character and there were so many names and places that I couldn't remember either. Add to that the fact that every couple of chapters had some 'oopsey' editing problems. Apr 06, Bas Kreuger rated it it was amazing. Special book as it describes a very unusual situation in the Holocaust, a group of Jews fighting back at their slavers and tormentors. The book combnes both the best and worst in man, courage and degradation. The fact that a few people kept just a sliver of hope alive in wanting to escape and hit back at the Germans makes this into a special story Rashke writes both the petit histoire of life in Sobibor as the big picture how the world learned but not acted upon information coming from Poland on Special book as it describes a very unusual situation in the Holocaust, a group of Jews fighting back at their slavers and tormentors.
The fact that a few people kept just a sliver of hope alive in wanting to escape and hit back at the Germans makes this into a special story Rashke writes both the petit histoire of life in Sobibor as the big picture how the world learned but not acted upon information coming from Poland on the extermination of the Jewish people.
Reading like a novel at times, then as a historical work could have damaged both courses of action for this book, but with this book it works wonderfully well.
The only thing I didn't like was the very long section in the end how he researched the book. It took away a bit from the strong writing up till the end of the war and how every escapee reached the final liberation of Europe. Nov 12, Larissa rated it really liked it Shelves: This is hard to review.
So profound and provoking emotionally and intellectually. I still felt like the author felt pressed.
I understand all the weight of giving a true revelation of the testimonies he gathered yet he seems unable to remain apart from it and I feel him close throughout the narrative. I cannot imagine being able not to internalize these experiences for him and I could not stay apart but feeling the weight of these truths on him strongly was distracting at times.
I defini This is hard to review. I definitely think everyone should read this book but also be aware he is an evangelical agnostic. Pressing his dissatisfaction and disappointment with God. I am glad he opened this discussion. Still shocked by the content especially the enduring presence of bones and ashes in the woods of sobibor.
This is one of the best books written about the holocaust that I've read. This is a non-fiction account, but it reads like fiction it's not boring. It is intense and emotionally challenging but incredibly worthwhile.
I don't know why I wasted my time reading something like The Book Thief when I could have been reading this. Jan 16, Tanya rated it really liked it Shelves: Because this book was made into a s TV movie, its name has been familiar to me most of my life, and I've always meant to read it. Even though Holocaust literature exhausts me, I feel compelled to read more and more of it, almost like I owe it to the survivors and the murdered to keep my eyes open and truly see their sufferings.
It's my way of saying I will not forget, and I will not let it happen again. And now that my new son-in-law who I adore is half Jewish and my grandchildren will be Because this book was made into a s TV movie, its name has been familiar to me most of my life, and I've always meant to read it.
And now that my new son-in-law who I adore is half Jewish and my grandchildren will be one quarter Jewish I have an - albeit small - personal stake in the Jewish story. The full minute version shown in the UK [note 1] on 10 May was pre-empted by a minute version shown in the United States on 12 April Of the inmates in the camp, roughly escaped, although all but 50 — 70 were later re-captured and killed.
It was dismantled, bulldozed under the earth, and planted over with trees to cover it up. The film begins with a new trainload of Polish Jews arriving for processing at Sobibor. The German Commandant gives them a welcoming speech, assuring the new arrivals that the place is a work camp.
Other SS officers move along the assembled lines of prisoners, selecting a small number who have trade skills such as goldsmiths, seamstresses, shoemakers, and tailors. The remaining prisoners are sent away to a different part of the camp from which a pillar of smoke rises day and night. It is some time before the new prisoners realize Sobibor is a death camp , all of the other Jews are exterminated in gas chambers , and their corpses are cremated in large ovens.
The small number of prisoners who are kept alive in the other part of the camp are charged with sorting the belongings taken from those who are murdered and then repairing the shoes, recycling the clothing, and melting down any silver or gold to make jewelry for the SS officers. Despite their usefulness, these surviving prisoners' existence is precarious, and beatings and murders can occur at any time.
Gustav Wagner is the most clever and sadistic of the German officers. When two prisoners escape from a work detail in the nearby forest, Wagner forces the remaining 13 prisoners of the work gang to each select one other prisoner to die with them and then executes all The leader of the prisoners, Leon Feldhendler , realizes when the trains eventually stop coming, the camp will have outlived its usefulness, and all the remaining Jews will be murdered.
He devises a plan for every prisoner to escape, by luring the SS officers and NCOs into the prisoners' barracks and work huts one by one and killing them as quietly as possible. Once all of the Germans are dead, the prisoners will assemble into columns and simply march out of the camp as if they have been ordered to, and it is hoped the Ukrainian Guards, not knowing what is going on and with no Germans left alive to give orders or raise the alarm, will not interfere.
A new group of prisoners arrives, Russian Jews who were soldiers with the Soviet army. Their leader, Perchersky, and his men willingly join the revolt, their military skills proving invaluable.
The Camp Kommandant leaves for several days, taking Wagner with him, which proves an advantage as the most cunning of the SS officers will be absent from Sobibor. On 14 October , the plan goes into action. I owe my discovery of Richard Rashke's Escape from Sobibor to my father. He introduced me to the death camp in one of our notorious late night discussions and his account of operations within the compound and the subsequent uprising that took place there were so captivating that I took it upon myself to learn more about the remarkably obscure chapter of Operation Reinhard.
Rashke's was the first title Google turned up and thanks to Open Library, it was also freely available for download.
I felt providence was on my side and I checked it out thinking myself well-prepared for the material it promised to address. It took only a few pages for me to realize how wrong that assumption had been. Broken into three sections, the book is extraordinarily comprehensive. It covers the prisoners, their lives before transportation, life and death behind Sobibor's barbed wire, the soldiers, their duties, the planning phase of the uprising, the execution of the mass escape and the events that followed in the surrounding forests.
I spent almost a month wading through the accounts Rashke painstaking recorded within these pages, but I don't regret a minute of it. I put the book aside several times to process and consider events as I discovered them, but the publication was never far from my mind.
Fact is it dominated my imagination and challenged my perception in ways I hadn't expected when I first cracked it open. It put my brain into overdrive and I liked the depth and dimension it brought to the subject matter. Exceedingly intense, the book itself is a brilliant blend of historic detail and raw human emotion. Poignant, powerful, unapologetic and ofttimes overwhelming, Escape From Sobibor is easily the best Holocaust book I've had fortune to pick up.
A highly recommended and unique volume that deserves a place in every WWII library collection. I thought I had reached my threshold yet found myself arguing with a casual acquaintance that they were not "just following orders," as the story goes. This brand of cruelty and impromptu games of torture cannot be taught.
It was a mindset rather than chain of command.