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78 Anniversary of the Prisoner Uprising in the Sobibór Extermination Camp

An armed revolt of prisoners under the leadership of Alexander Pechersky and Lejba Felhendler broke out in the German extermination camp in Sobibór on October 14, 1943.

The uprising allowed approx. 300 Jewish women and children to escape. Around 60 escapees survived the war, bearing testimony to the crimes of unprecedented scale – crimes that were meant to forever remain secret. Tomasz Blatt was among the survivors who gave a detailed account on the camp events.

On the 78th anniversary of the armed revolt, the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór organises an online event: “Sobibór 14, 1943 – the history of survival in the testimony of Tomasz Toivi Blatt.” Basing on the survivor’s testimony, the staff of the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór will describe the history of an event, that together with the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the prisoner armed revolt in the Treblinka extermination camp, constitute the most significant acts of Jewish heroism during World War II. The project will be available at 4 p.m. on the Museum’s Facebook page.

On October 14, a temporary exhibition “The portrayal of Treblinka in the eyes of Samuel Willenberg” will also be opened in the Museum and Memorial. The author of the presented sculptures was among the prisoners of the German extermination camp in Treblinka, who manages to escape on August 2, 1943. The exhibition highlights the analogies between the armed revolts in Treblinka and Sobibór.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the construction works at the area of the Museum and Memorial in Sobibór, the commemorative ceremony cannot be held at the grave mound. The flowers and wreaths will instead be laid at the railway platform, where the trains with deportees arrived at Sobibór.