Escape from a Nazi Death Camp

The secret Nazi death camp at Sobibor was created solely for the mass extermination of Jews. But on the 14th October 1943, in the biggest and most successful prison revolt of the Second World War, the inmates fought back. This is the story of their Great Escape.
Hereward Pelling
Eric Meyers
English [CC]
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Kay Talarico Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2021
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Must Watch!
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This documentary was wonderful. It felt like it was only 10 minutes. Wonderful history that I hadn't known. I love that you can still hear from the voices of those who were there. We are running out of time to hear their words.
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HippalusReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2021
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An amazing tale of the will to live
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The Jews were horribly persecuted by the Nazis in World War II. This film shows how a group of 600 Jews, facing certain death, decided to end their own persecution by escaping from their place of internment, a camp called Sobibór, a place intended as a place of extermination in German-occupied Poland. This film shows how the imprisoned Jews developed and executed a plan of escape for some 300 people, and how -- eventually -- some 50 of them eventually not only escaped but also survived to lead full lives after the war. This is a story of real heroism and triumph over evil. A film well worth watching. A rewarding film.
JoeGuz58Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2021
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Thrilling Account of Defiance and Escape
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I first heard of the uprising and escape from Sobibor while watching the 1978 minseries "Holocaust" with Meryl Streep and James Woods, and many other stars. To see it here with firsthand accounts of the survivors was even more thrilling. My only wish would've been to see many more win their freedom.
JeffReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
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It focused on the escape plan and the escape itself. It brought out the strength of the human spirit. It fortunately did not focus on the nazi atrocities.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
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Great documentary including the remaining survivors
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Was glad to see the last few remaining survivors. Great job with producing this documentary.
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Rita J. FlintReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2015
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These selected Jewish men were feed better and also has all the wine they could eat
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This movie showed how the Nazi processed the Jews coming into their Death Camps. They got off the railroad car and were directed into a room and told to put luggage and other belongs in one area. Then told to undress and put clothing on a special hook and to remember the number so that their shower they could find their clothing. They were directed into this room for their showers and the door was slammed shut and locked. Then the poisonous gas came out of shower heads and the people died from the fumes. The selected Jewish men then moved the bodies on carts and down elevator to where the furnace was located and two men per body threw corpses into furnace and when full they shut the doors. These selected Jewish men than went through the luggage and belongs looking for items that would make money for the Nazi. Then ashes were gone through looking for gold teeth or any thing worth money for the Nazi. These selected Jewish men were feed better and also has all the wine they could eat. But these groups of men knew that they had a certain time to serve in this capacity and then they would be gassed and burned. The women hid gun powder for the men to blow up the furnaces but the Nazi's found out and tortured the women to find out where the gun powder was hidden but they wouldn't tell them so they were tortured until they died. The men in the one select group of Jewish men finally were able to blow up the furnaces and they escaped the death camp. The was awful and showed just how inhumane the Nazi's were. Also a glimpse was shown of the medical experiments done on the people in the death camp which resulted in their death also.
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wearethefutureReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2015
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Extremely informative and authentic with different facts and timings from what I had heard from other interviews and movies.
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This documentary presents stories from other people in the camp and presents some different facts about the timing of things, so I found it extremely informative and authentic. I watched a movie right after watching this called Escape from Sobibor and I also remember interviews that more closely resemble that movie. All three are worth watching and I am sorry I don't remember the other interview titles, but they had interviewed some survivors the movie had probably been based on. There is a website online with interviews from Sobibor survivors from 1983-1984.
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Seller is the GrinchReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
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Intriguing is what I would add. Kept my attention.
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We've all heard about this death camp. Willingness of the German Jews and Russian prisoners working together and attempt their escape is something that only the true can understand. Willing to die and acknowledge that your attempt to free yourself (and many others) at the cost of others (quite likely) is a last of life attempt. "No Win Situation". Attempt OR Die AND be Slaughtered. They all knew the last day of LIFE was coming. "Now Or Never".
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