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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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Fuga de Sobibor  »

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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

Gustav Wagner was never a Hauptscharführer, he was an Oberscharführer.

His uniform is the uniform of a Sturmscharführer, which is a special rank, bestowed on senior NCO's. While Wagner could in theory have been given that rank as it was given to both Oberscharführers and Hauptscharführers, it was never given to Gustaw Wagner, and due to his young age and rather short stint as an Oberscharführer, he would never qualify for the rank of Sturmscharführer, as it is only for very experienced NCOs and was rarely bestowed on a handful of SS NCOs. Most who qualified for the rank of Sturmscharführer, were most often promoted to COs in the form of Untersturmführers, which equates to Lieutenant. See more »

Quotes

Samuel: We talk about escape all the time and we do nothing. Maybe it's true. Maybe there is no chance
Leon Feldhendler: No. I still think there is a way. Just not like this. There has to be organization. There has to be patience and some new people who's spirits have not yet been broken
Samuel: Yes. I want a chance to escape. To be free or at least a chance to die trying
Leon Feldhendler: Better to escape and live. That would be real revenge
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References Red Dawn (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Vienna Woods
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Written by Johann Strauss
Played at the train station
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9 November 2004 | by (Swansea, Wales) – See all my reviews

It was interesting to read another viewer's comments about this film. I have seen Schindler's List and it didn't touch me anywhere near as deeply as Escape from Sobibor. I first watched it in my teens and it was this film, more than anything I'd seen previously about the Holocaust, which had the greatest impact. The story, of course, is based on truth and is full of painful, heart-wrenching scenes. Nothing has ever presented the Holocaust to me in a more vivid, more graphic, more powerful way.

It's amusing that some people can watch a film and it barely registers with them. Others can see the same film and have a completely different reaction to the experience. But that's people for you, the great variety that is the spice of life. For me, Escape from Sobibor was a very emotional experience and it had a major impact on me. But don't take anyone else's word for it. We all see things differently - go and see it yourself.


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