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Escape from Sobibor book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Poignant in its honesty and grim in its details, Escape from S. This book is based on interviews with 18 survivors of Sobibor. Richard Rashke tells their stories. The biggest prisoner escape of World War II. Escape from Sobibor is a British television film which aired on ITV and CBS. It is the story The script, by Reginald Rose, was based on Richard Rashke's book of the same name, along with a manuscript by Thomas Blatt, "From the.
Shows how even in hellish circumstances, some people can be incredibly brave and resilient. View 1 comment. I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for a review. Way back, in the 80s, television use to have movies, made for TV movies. Sometimes they were like the garbage that Lifetime puts on, but sometimes they were actually good. One of the good ones was about an escape from a Nazi Death Camp. I thought of it when I saw this title offered at Netgalley.
It turns out this is the back the movie drew on. Richard Rashke relates the determined revolt and escape of several prisoners of the Disclaimer: Richard Rashke relates the determined revolt and escape of several prisoners of the Sobiber killing camp during the Holocaust. As a killing camp, Sobiber only had a small number of Jewish prisoners who were useful in a variety of ways, either to bury dispose of the dead, to sort the belongings of the dead, and to produced items of use to the camp or desired by the Nazis who ran it.
Rashke starts the story with a brief introduction to Shlomo, a young man whose family was sent to the camp but who was pulled out of the gas chamber side because of his knowledge of working gold. He was able to save some of his family members, and only later found out what happened to the rest of his family, including his father, mother, and sister.
The first section introduces the reader to the prisoners who were for the most part non-military and male. Women were in short supply and were not usually pulled out of those who sent to the gas chamber.
The few expectations to the non military group are a bunch of Russians, including Russian Jews, who were in the Russian military and were sent to the camp Russians were considered just a step above Jews.
The prisoners, however, had been planning an escape long before the Russians were added to the camp. Not all prisoners are detailed, but a core group including those who formed the central escape committee. Rashke not only details their pre-war and wartime lives, but he also showcases what they did to survive as well as the hard choices and decisions that they had to make. Rashke also gives some description and information about the Nazis who ran the camp, the focus, however, is not the Nazi barbarity but the strength of the prisoners who keep their humanity, intelligence, and fight back.
It is also on the struggle to get out information and to make the Allies publicized the information. It includes a look at the relationships that develops between various prisoners such as Chaim and Selma as well as the escape itself. The third section details the time in the forest, who lives and who dies, what the others do once they escape. The afterword and epilogue includes an essay about Rashke and his interviewing of key members of the escape as well as his thoughts after the filming of the movie.
It should be noted that this is history told in novel like form, a format that I am not a huge fan of, and no doubt affects my rating of this book.
Rashke does tell a story and because of the holding back of the afterword, the reader is caught up in the fight for freedom and survives. The novel speaks to greater themes such as the idea of living free or dying. As well as the desire to live even as the world around you wishes you to die. Jun 20, Charlene Intriago rated it really liked it Shelves: It took me a LONG time to finish this book. It is so intense. I had to step back from it for awhile, read some other stuff, and then go back.
I almost abandoned it but I'm glad I didn't. The last few chapters were sobering. The author interviewed the survivors which involved him visiting several countries to do so.
He also went to Sobibor with one of the survivors and walked through what remains of the camp. His description of that visit was what made the book well worth the read for me. Nov 30, Donna Brown rated it it was amazing. These are facets that cannot be changed if the story is to be told accurately. Therefore, when I review a book like this I have two main considerations: Escape from Sobibor is related in a unique manner, almost as if it were a work of fiction.
In this way we are introduced to the men and women whose stories form the basis of this incredible book. Richard Rashke has combined eye witness accounts with a wealth of research to provide a comprehensive account of life at Sobibor.
It is clear he came to care very much about the book but — more importantly — about the people behind the story. Escape from Sobibor is an incredible book. It tells some of the stories that must be told, that must never be buried or forgotten. There are millions of stories from the victims of the Holocaust that go unheard. We must make all the more effort to honour the voices that could share. Rashke does this beautifully. Oct 02, Meaghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a brilliant, heartbreaking book and put together very well.
It's a non-fiction story about a real event, but the way it's written, it reads like a Frederick Forsyth novel. If you didn't know if was non-fiction you wouldn't guess from reading it. Yet the author also includes endnotes where he explains what sources he uses, and how he dealt with conflicting sources, and his opinions as to what was reliable and what wasn't -- just like in a regular history book.
I read this book feeling a lo This is a brilliant, heartbreaking book and put together very well. I read this book feeling a lot of rage and frustration.
At the Allies mostly, who knew perfectly well what was going on and were united in their indifference to it. At the Poles, for being so brutal and inhuman to their fellow countrymen, to the point where they were as dangerous to Jews as the Nazis themselves if not more so.
Even after their escape from Sobibor, things did not really improve for the survivors sometimes until years had passed. One group of three were hidden in a farmer's barn and he gradually milked them of all the money and gold they had, then ambushed and shot them in their hiding place.
Two of them survived the ambush by playing dead and then escaped, wounded; a third was killed outright. A couple who had met and fell in love in Sobibor were hidden by a somewhat nicer farmer who also charged them a bundle for it but did not kill them. This couple married and had a baby right after the war One of the leaders of the uprising, Leon Feldhander, made it back to Lublin and settled in his own apartment Given all they went through, I'm amazed that the survivors Rashke interviewed for his book had come out as well as they did, psychologically speaking.
The last part of the book, where he describes tracking down these people and interviewing them, kind of dragged a bit, but I still think it was a valuable addition to the book. This is definitely one of the best Holocaust books I've read.
And I think the story was told just in time. I'd be surprised if there were any Sobibor survivors left today, and even most Holocaust researchers know very little about the camp. But this is a story worth knowing. View all 5 comments. Dec 11, Lori Spier rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the hardest reviews I've ever written. The subject matter of the book the exterminaton camp Sobibor in Eastern Poland alone makes going "Yes! In all seriousness though, this is an excellent book.
I''d heard of Sobibor before and read some books where the camp had been included in mini-chapter because, frankly, little is known about the camp.
Notably, Rashke's work also corrects many of the errors found in other books that cover Sobibor. Exterminat This is one of the hardest reviews I've ever written.
Extermination camps were where Jews were sent to die. The fact that Jews escaped from the camp is amazing. The fact that it was the largest escape from any camp - POW, work or extermination - makes the story astounding. The story is told by survivors of the camp who were fortunate enough to be in on the escape and then to later successully elude not only the Germans, but also the anti-Semetic Poles.
It covers life prior to the ghettos and the camps, as well as life after the war ended. The book is, by turns, compelling, horrifying, and saddening, but, over all of it, it is full of heroism, hope, courage and determination to live and to tell the world of what happened at Sobibor. You will come away from reading this book changed and shaken to your core.
Aug 10, Doreen Petersen rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a moving book! I still cry and honor those who were killed in all the death camps. One would think after learning of this history we would never let history repeat itself but alas we have not. Shame on us. Dec 08, Alexandra marked it as to-read-own Shelves: View 2 comments. Apr 24, Cherry rated it it was amazing Shelves: As the survivors have said, if you were not a witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust, and in particular, in the death camps like Sobibor, it is impossible to understand.
Even so, it is important that we are aware and that we try to understand. This is a well-researched book offering the personal reports from survivors who managed to resist, escape and then either fight with partisans or hide until the Russians pushed the front lines past their hiding places.
Then years later, these traumatize As the survivors have said, if you were not a witness to the atrocities of the Holocaust, and in particular, in the death camps like Sobibor, it is impossible to understand. Then years later, these traumatized people were willing to relive their memories of these horrors in order to fight again to ensure that another generation would know the truth.
So many times, survivors of the Holocaust are asked if they believe it can happen again, and the response is always a resounding YES. Humanity has shown that it can perform this type of atrocity and we have seen many mass murders, ethnic cleansings, genocides. Nothing on the same scale or industrialization, but the inhumanity and capacity for cruelty is still there.
These days, of course there is still anti-Semitism, and it seems to be on the rise again. The Jews are not the only people being systematically hated, though. With the influx of Muslims into Europe and the Americas over the past decades, there is now a new scapegoat and a new "other" for people to hate and fear.
Continuing proxy wars and strife in the Middle East has of course increased the division and radicalized people on both sides.
The supposedly rational, supposedly good and kind people of civilized nations are making the same suggestions of driving people out based on religion and ethnicity, are making the same sweeping accusations of criminality.
The same arguments that politicians made in the 40s in London and Washington, DC to excuse their rejection of Jewish refugees are being used to block Muslim refugees. The current situation cannot be compared in scope to the Holocaust, of course.
There are no death camps, no gas chambers in Syria or Afghanistan. There is not an industry of death. But the arguments against helping people who are being killed by the thousands are the same. Fear of the other trumps any fellow feeling. As a populace, we still don't care about people who are dying somewhere else if we would have to share what we have with them to let them live.
I hate it when fantasy books or tv shows turn Nazis and especially Hitler into monsters, like in the tv series Grimm, where Hitler was a creature with super powers to manipulate the minds of hearers.
This is an excuse, both for the people who imagined the horrors and for the people who participated or turned a blind eye to them. Humans did this. Regular people like you and me. Not monsters, just people. The Holocaust can happen again and it is our responsibility to inform ourselves and try to inform those around us, help people to understand that humanity has the capacity for great violence and evil. It happened once and it can happen again. Books like this are important. I wish everyone would read this from start to finish -- even the epilogue is an important insight into the effects on the survivors and the next generation.
Just as a final note, I listened to the Audible audiobook version and the narrator was excellent and clearly made an effort to pronounce names and terms correctly whether they were German, Yiddish, Polish, Russian or Portuguese. The reader in an audiobook can ruin an excellent book if they do a poor job, but this reader enhanced the experience.
May 06, Michael rated it it was amazing. I have read any books regarding the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis against Jews and other groups. This book described the brutality and hatred of many Poles also toward the Jews. It is difficult to attribute these crimes solely to the Nazis. There were hundreds of concentration camps that were used to kill, torture, and exploit the Jews and others deemed un worthy by the Nazis. To have such a vast network of horrors required more than just the Nazi criminals to run them.
It is unbelievable t I have read any books regarding the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis against Jews and other groups. It is unbelievable that the general populations of Germany, Poland, and other countries were unaware of the fate of the Jews inside their own borders.
This book captured the humanity of the Jewish captives surrounded by people who hated them. Descriptions of the torture and brutality as witnessed by the survivors was compelling. The survivors interviewed were forever changed and haunted by what they endure.
Their escape and hardships suffered after their escape was also compelling. What makes this book so disturbing is that it is true and happened in the very recent past. Nov 11, A Serious Lover rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this updated version of Escape from Sobibor I am struck with how difficult it is for survivors of tragedy to remember and bear witness and how difficult it is for those who record their testimony. This was a wonderful blending of the first person accounts together with the personal histories of those giving testimony.
As the Holocaust Survivors age it is of the greatest importance that their testimony be preserved. We must never forget! I find it interesting as I finish this book to realize it is a minute past midnight on January Also now known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.
A rather fitting day to finish reading about Sobibor, a Death Camp I was not really familiar with. I've studied so many stories of the Holocaust I've visited Dachau while in my 20s.
I never thought anything could affect me more. Then I stumbled over Richard Rashke's book and now the tears are streaming down my face. To read the tru We must never forget! To read the true life stories of some of the survivors, to visualize as best I can what the Jewish people dealt with, hoping to survive just one more day, makes me more committed than ever to do all I can to help make sure this horror never happens again. I pray for the souls that were lost and I am thankful to the survivors who were brave enough to relive the fear they had faced, to be able to share that with everyone who reads this.
Thank you to the author for writing such an honest and very descriptive book for future generations to know the truth about what happened to the , who lost their lives in the Death Camp called Sobibar. Never forget!! Unbelievably well written, emotional piece of work. The stories told made me feel like I was there. Such first-hand accounts of the atrocities of camps I have never even heard of. Triumphant and brave. I've read many books on concentration camps, work camps or death camps and had never heard of a camp call Sobibor and was very interested in why I hadn't read much about it and where it was.
The author did a good job of answering my questions. I was impressed with this book. May 03, Noella Allisen rated it liked it. Oh this is a tough one to review. An important subject never to be forgotten. The depth of the research that went into this story is evident. The reading of it was a challenge for me but not just because of the horrific details of brutality. Oh there were so many. I couldn't connect to any one character and there were so many names and places that I couldn't remember either.
Add to that the fact that every couple of chapters had some 'oopsey' editing problems. Apr 06, Bas Kreuger rated it it was amazing.
Special book as it describes a very unusual situation in the Holocaust, a group of Jews fighting back at their slavers and tormentors.
The book combnes both the best and worst in man, courage and degradation. The fact that a few people kept just a sliver of hope alive in wanting to escape and hit back at the Germans makes this into a special story Rashke writes both the petit histoire of life in Sobibor as the big picture how the world learned but not acted upon information coming from Poland on Special book as it describes a very unusual situation in the Holocaust, a group of Jews fighting back at their slavers and tormentors.
The fact that a few people kept just a sliver of hope alive in wanting to escape and hit back at the Germans makes this into a special story Rashke writes both the petit histoire of life in Sobibor as the big picture how the world learned but not acted upon information coming from Poland on the extermination of the Jewish people.
Reading like a novel at times, then as a historical work could have damaged both courses of action for this book, but with this book it works wonderfully well. The only thing I didn't like was the very long section in the end how he researched the book. It took away a bit from the strong writing up till the end of the war and how every escapee reached the final liberation of Europe. Nov 12, Larissa rated it really liked it Shelves: This is hard to review. So profound and provoking emotionally and intellectually.
I still felt like the author felt pressed. I understand all the weight of giving a true revelation of the testimonies he gathered yet he seems unable to remain apart from it and I feel him close throughout the narrative. I cannot imagine being able not to internalize these experiences for him and I could not stay apart but feeling the weight of these truths on him strongly was distracting at times.
I defini This is hard to review. I definitely think everyone should read this book but also be aware he is an evangelical agnostic. Pressing his dissatisfaction and disappointment with God. I am glad he opened this discussion. Still shocked by the content especially the enduring presence of bones and ashes in the woods of sobibor. This is one of the best books written about the holocaust that I've read. This is a non-fiction account, but it reads like fiction it's not boring.
It is intense and emotionally challenging but incredibly worthwhile. I don't know why I wasted my time reading something like The Book Thief when I could have been reading this. Jan 16, Tanya rated it really liked it Shelves: Because this book was made into a s TV movie, its name has been familiar to me most of my life, and I've always meant to read it.
Even though Holocaust literature exhausts me, I feel compelled to read more and more of it, almost like I owe it to the survivors and the murdered to keep my eyes open and truly see their sufferings. It's my way of saying I will not forget, and I will not let it happen again. And now that my new son-in-law who I adore is half Jewish and my grandchildren will be Because this book was made into a s TV movie, its name has been familiar to me most of my life, and I've always meant to read it.
And now that my new son-in-law who I adore is half Jewish and my grandchildren will be one quarter Jewish I have an - albeit small - personal stake in the Jewish story. I look at my son-in-law and his family who are so assimilated, just like many of Europe's Jews were in , and I can hardly comprehend that they were singled out for blame and punishment.
Rashke, like me, is a gentile who could not look away from the Shoah, and felt compelled to tell the story of Sobibor. The beauty of this chapter in the Holocaust, though, is that the Jews were not passive victims, not lambs to the slaughter, but fought back. Most who walked through the gates at Sobibor went straight to the gas chambers, but a small contingent were kept alive to run the camp and serve the Nazi officers and often less willing Ukrainian guards.
As the tide of the war turned, these Polish, Russian, and Dutch Jews planned a break-out. They killed 15 Nazis, and around of the prisoners successfully escaped.
Some hid for the rest of the war, some joined partisan fighting groups, and some gained freedom only to be murdered by anti-Semitic Poles in the countryside around the camp. I gained this unfortunate insight through my reading: And this makes me question what people today would allow to happen. Rashke, in the late s, tracked down many of those Sobibor survivors and drew out their memories to tell the most complete story possible.
He organized his book chronologically; first he tells of the earlier lives of his interviewees, then their experiences at the camp and following their escape.
He becomes a character in his last section of the book, telling in first person about his meetings with these very scarred individuals. I loved learning what the rest of their lives had been like in Poland, Israel, the United States, Brazil, all the places to which they scattered, and felt so sad for those who had never been able to feel real happiness again. It made me realize how difficult it actually was for anyone to leave behind those horrible concentration camp experiences and have a full life afterward.
How do you even find yourself again when the only way to survive was to shut down and feel nothing??? If you, like me, want to understand what really went on during the Holocaust, Escape from Sobibor is an important read. Jun 26, Irraya rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've watched the movie many, many times. It used to show every year around Xmas. We had 1 tv station, that wasn't even on air for 24 hours.
They had a limited number of movies that they used to play every year during the holidays. This was one of them. It was my first lesson on the Holocaust. The movie makes up only a part of the book. The book tells the stories of the few escapees of Sobibor, following them before, during, and after Sobibor.
There was to be a second movie that continued the stor I've watched the movie many, many times. There was to be a second movie that continued the story after the escape, however the sponsors pulled out because they were sued. This book is very depressing. It tells the stark realities of the war, the death camp, and the pure hatred towards the Jews, not just before and during the war, but even after. So much so, that people were and still are denying that the Holocaust ever happened.
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