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Escape from Sobibor (1987)

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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(manuscript "From the Ashes of Sobibor") (as Thomas Blatt), (book) | 2 more credits »
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Luka
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Sgt. Gustav Wagner
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Itzhak Lichtman
Emil Wolk ...
Samuel
Simon Gregor ...
Shlomo
Linal Haft ...
Oberkapo Porchek
Jason Norman ...
Toivi Blatt
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Chaim Engel
Eli Nathenson ...
Moses Szmajzner
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Sgt. Frenzel
Eric P. Caspar ...
Capt. Franz Reichleitner
Hugo Bower ...
Sgt. Beckmann
Klaus Grünberg ...
Sgt. Bauer (as Klaus Grunberg)
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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 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 <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Drama | History | War

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12 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Fuga de Sobibor  »

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Shortly after the revolt, Sobibor was closed down and any trace of its existence was removed. Pine trees were later planted on the site. See more »

Goofs

While it's an error that Wagner is refereed to as Hauptscharführer Wagner, as he is in fact an Oberscharführer, his rank insignia is, contrary to common belief, correct. He was promoted to Company Major Sargent, or SS Sturmscharführer while he was in charge of the Ukranians and other NCO's while in Sobibor. In the film, he should either be addressed as Sturmscharführer or more correctly simply Oberscharführer as this title could be held both by an Ober and Hauptscharführer. See more »

Quotes

Naomi: Please, what are you going to do?
Sgt. Gustav Wagner: What do you think? There are no babies in Sobibor.
Naomi: Your going to kill her.
Sgt. Gustav Wagner: Because I'm in a good mood I'm going to let you live.
Naomi: Give me my baby!
Sgt. Gustav Wagner: I don't understand, I'm giving you a chance to live, it's quite unusual.
Naomi: [spits in Wagners face] I spit on your offer you Nazi bastard!
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Connections

Version of Sobibor (2017) See more »

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Roses from the South
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Written by Johann Strauss
Played at the dance
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Saw it years ago & it stayed with me...
6 June 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first aired on TV. I was 16, and was beginning to realize that the world wasn't a very nice place.

This movie showed me just how nasty it could sometimes be.

After seeing this movie, I went out and bought the book that inspired the telefilm. Since then, I've re-read it several more times, finding the story more inspiring and more tragic with each read.

I'm older now, and despite seeing "Schindler's List", this movie is the one that I think about, when I think about the terrible waste that WW2 was. And how awful we can be people who bleed the same colour the rest of us bleed.


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