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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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Luka
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Sgt. Gustav Wagner
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Itzhak Lichtman
Emil Wolk ...
Samuel
Simon Gregor ...
Shlomo
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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)
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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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Apodrasi apo to Sobibor  »

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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 »

Quotes

Stanislaw "Shlomo" Szmajzner: [on hearing that Sobibor is a death camp and his parents and sister are dead] You knew this, you knew and you didn't tell us.
Toivi Blatt: My parents are dead to. The sergeants, they said I wasn't to tell anyone, they'd kill me.
Stanislaw "Shlomo" Szmajzner: Our mother and our father and our sister, are murdered. Now I want to kill. I *will* kill!
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Referenced in The Pianist (2002) 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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