Escape from Sobibor

Author: Richard Rashke
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1995
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About the Book

Poignant in its honesty and grim in its details, Escape from Sobibor offers stunning proof of resistance--in this case successful--by victims of the Holocaust. The smallest of the extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany during World War II, Sobibor was where now-retired auto worker John Demjanjuk has been accused of working as a prison guard. Sobibor also was the scene of the war's biggest prisoner escape.

Richard Rashke's interviews with eighteen of those who survived provide the foundation for this volume. He also draws on books, articles, and diaries to make vivid the camp, the uprising, and the escape. In the afterword, Rashke relates how the Polish government in October 1993, observed the fiftieth anniversary of the escape and how it has beautified the site since a film based on his book appeared on Polish television.

About the Author

Richard Rashke, a former journalist and teacher, is the author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood and Stormy Genius: The Life of Aviation's Maverick Bill Lear.


"Brilliantly reconstructs the degradation and drama of Sobibor. . . . A memorable and moving saga, full of anger and anguish, a reminder never to forget."--Jordan E. Cohn, San Francisco Chronicle

"A sensitive, thoughtful, and well-researched account of the 'biggest prisoner escape of World War II.'"--Samuel Gold, Jewish Chicago

"A journalistic account in the tradition of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood,"--Choice

"The authoritative version of the breakout from the Nazi experimentation camp at Sobibor. . . . Gives us a very good idea of how the will to survive can lead quite ordinary people to surmount the most extraordinary obstacles."--Meir Ronen, Jerusalem Post

"This moving and angry book deserves to be read."--Susan Osnos, Washington Post

"A unique, unforgettable, deeply-moving and effective account of a death camp."--Allen A. Warsen, Detroit Jewish News