77TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PRISONERS' UPRISING AT THE GERMAN EXTERMINATION CAMP IN SOBIBÓR
On October 14, 1943, an armed revolt prepared by a group of prisoners led by Alexander Pechersky and Lejba Felhendler broke out in Sobibór.
Approximately 300 Jewish women and men managed to flee the grounds of the death camp. About 60 escapees managed to survive the war. The Sobibór escape was – alongside the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the prisoner uprising in Treblinka – one of the major instances of the heroic resistance of Jews during World War II.
On the 77th anniversary of the event, Tomasz Kranz, director of the State Museum at Majdanek, Tomasz Oleksy-Zborowski – head of Museum and Memorial in Sobibór and representatives of the delegations that declared their participation in the ceremony (including: Robert v. Rimscha, head of the Department of Culture at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Andrzej Romańczuk, The Head of the Włodawa County; Jakub Deka, Chairman of the Board of the Polish, German Reconciliation Foundation) paid tribute to the victims murdered in the former German death camp in Sobibór. Due to the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 threat, the laying of flowers and lighting candles at the glade with mass graves took place under the sanitary regime. Jarosław Sellin – Secretary of State Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – he sent a wreath and a letter for the celebration of the anniversary of the armed uprising of prisoners of the German death camp in Sobibór.