Escape from Sobibor (1987)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  12 April 1987 (USA)
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During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Gustav Wagner
Itzhak Lichtman
Emil Wolk ...
Simon Gregor ...
Oberkapo Porchek
Jason Norman ...
Toivi Blatt
Robert Gwilym ...
Chaim Engel
Eli Nathenson ...
Moses Szmajzner
Kurt Raab ...
Sgt. Frenzel
Eric P. Caspar ...
Capt. Franz Reichleitner
Hugo Bower ...
Sgt. Beckmann
Klaus Grünberg ...
Sgt. Bauer (as Klaus Grunberg)


During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had been spared from the ovens, knew that they were on borrowed time and that their only hope was to escape... the only question was how to do it. However, because the Germans would kill an equal number of others whenever a group attempted to escape, the captives knew that if ever an escape was tried, all 600 prisoners in the camp would have to be included... logistically precluding any ideas about tunnels or sneak breakouts. Indeed, to have such a mass escape could only mean that the Ukrainian guards and Germain officers would have to be killed, which many of the Jews felt simply reduced themselves to no better than their captors... thus making it a struggle of conscience. And therein lies the story, with the film being based on a factual account of what then ... Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

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At one point in the movie, Sasha says that he has a wife and daughter. He actually met his future wife after he escaped the camp and rejoined the Soviet Army. See more »


Leon Feldhendler: Did you know that tomorrow is the beginning of Sukkot?
Lt. "Sasha" Pechersky: Yes. 'Tis a Holy Day.
Leon Feldhendler: I forgot. And my father was a rabbi.
Lt. "Sasha" Pechersky: They kill on Holy Days. Why not the other way around? God will forgive.
Leon Feldhendler: There are those here who are wondering if we can forgive God.
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Referenced in The Pianist (2002) See more »


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edge of seat!!!
15 December 2004 | by (Napier, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I first got this out on video many years back. Being interested in the holocaust from a young age,and having traveled through Poland in the early eighties I got this out of interest.Amazing to think it was done for television and not cinema. I,was on the edge of my seat all the way through,could hardly breath all through the film,did not take my eyes off the screen.The ending is both shattering and uplifting.Even more so knowing the outcome of some of the lives. And how simply fitting a denouement on the end credits the result of the police investigation, give that policeman a medal. On the whole the acting is exceptional, and by that I mean one forgets the actor and sees only the person as real. In fact it has that real life documentary feel to the story. Most satisfying to have seen it before Rutger got semi-famous.

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