Escape from Sobibor

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  • Topic: Nazi concentration camps, Sobibor extermination camp, Auschwitz concentration camp
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Escape from Sobibor (EFS) (VHS/DVD, 1987) is a retelling of actual events that occurred in the Sobibor concentration camp in Poland, detailing the largest escape from a Nazi camp in WW2. Sobibor was the most secret Nazi death camp, made more secret by the fact that it was shut down after the uprising and made to look like a farm. Sobibor therefore was unable to become a human slaughterhouse on the scale of Birkenau (though the 250,000 deaths that occurred there are deplorable enough.) The film begins in the camp, and the first section of the film demonstrates some of the spontaneous, disorganized, and somewhat individualistic attempts at escape that end in failure and death. Also shown are acts of Nazi retribution, and routine brutality. EFS does not flinch at demonstrating the cruelty of the Capos (Jewish collaborators who acted as camp guards), most of them treacherous fiends. This is standard fare for Holocaust films, but the history portrayed in EFS turns in a different direction. Camp prisoner Leon Feldhendler leads a growing group of Jews who do not wish to idly stand around and wait for death from the fascists. They maintain morale by living in the best conditions they can possibly scrape together. One boy, Shlomo, who has unwittingly delayed his execution by volunteering his skills to the Nazis, sees the camp victims marched into the gas chambers. He realizes that his family, with whom he came, is now dead. Shlomo exclaims that now he wants to kill and will kill. Leon explains to him that they all motivate themselves to survive not by vain hope but by the desire for revenge against their oppressors and escape from their miserable conditions. The escape plans are progressing slowly until a contingent of Jewish Red Army soldiers arrives from the Eastern front (the Nazis obviously had a 'special' policy for such POWs.) They are led by 1st Lt. Alexander "Sasha" Pechersky and march proudly into the camp. At first, Leon and Sasha distrust each other. They do...
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