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Escape from Sobibor (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 12 April 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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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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The film premiered on American television, on CBS, on April 12th, 1987. It was shown on West German TV in January 1989. 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 »

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Sgt. Gustav Wagner: This morning, two prisoners escaped from North Camp. Thirteen other prisoners, no doubt inspired by their idiotic example, also tried to escape. If any of you would like to cheer, go right ahead. There will be no more escape attempts in this camp. I'll repeat that. THERE WILL BE NO MORE ESCAPE ATTEMPTS IN THIS CAMP!!
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Version of Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures (2001) See more »

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Tales from the Vienna Woods
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Written by Johann Strauss
Played at the train station
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Good television movie about the known breakout from horrible concentration camp
3 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This excellent TV movie deals with extermination center Sobibór and the subsequent escape led by great actors as Alan Arkin and Rutger Hauer . We see horrors , murders , massacres against the prisoners . Thus , when the incoming transports , mostly Jews , SS soldiers made instant decisions , those who were fit to labors were sent into the camp , others including the children , were dispatched immediately to the gas chambers where approximately one-quarter million Jews were executed . The movie gets a breathtaking and exciting getaway with a sensitive score by George Delerue . The film was well realized by Jack Gold developing compellingly the historical recreation of the escape from the Nazi Death Camp Sobibor .

The picture is based on real events , these are the followings : Sobibór , Chelmno , Belzec and Treblinka were four large death camps in the Lublin district of Poland transformed into extermination centers to implement the policy of genocide thought at the Wannsee Conference . Sobibór was an extermination camp of killing center of Jews including children and located near the Bug River on the border of the German occupied eastern territories . Some 35.000 Dutch Jews , originally assigned to Auschwitz were sent to Sobibór . All four camps were under the command of SS Odilo Globocnick . There was some minor industrial activity linked to the war effort but the main work was the execution of inmates . Victims were brought to the camp in unventilated transports , and all but a handful were gassed after arrival , the gas chambers could accommodate hundred prisoners at one time , most of their corpses were burned in open pits . On October 14, 1943 about 150 inmates broke out in a desperate riot . Of approximately 600 prisoners who attempted escaped in October 1943 , around 300 succeeded . However, nearly all were ultimately recaptured ; only about 60 people survived . Sobibor along with Treblinka and Belzec , was evacuated in the fall of 1943.


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