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Escape from Sobibor (TV Movie 1987) Poster

(1987 TV Movie)

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Character error 

In the death shower scene where a large number of naked women were led to the chambers, one of them could be seen keeping her bra and panties on.
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While it's an error that Wagner is refereed to as Hauptscharführer Wagner, as he is in fact an Oberscharführer, his rank insignia is, contrary to common belief, correct. He was promoted to Company Major Sargent, or SS Sturmscharführer while he was in charge of the Ukranians and other NCO's while in Sobibor. In the film, he should either be addressed as Sturmscharführer or more correctly simply Oberscharführer as this title could be held both by an Ober and Hauptscharführer.
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Erich Bauer is referred to as a Scharführer(Sargent) but wears the insignia of an Oberscharführer with the shoulder insignia of a Hauptscharführer. In fact he was an Oberscharführar while at Sobibor, so he should wear the shoulder insignia of a such and refer to himself as a such.
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Continuity 

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.
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During the serving scene Frenzel fires his gun ordering everyone back to work, and Sasha mops his face which is dripping with water. But beforehand, when Sasha glared at Frenzel who was pointing his gun at this head, his face was dry.
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When Sasha moves in to help the man dishing out food who was beaten, an SS officer points a luger at him but in the next scene when he fires in the air and tells everyone to go to work he is holding a Walther P-38.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At 1:12;42 a white camera can be clearly seen behind the Russian soldiers.
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When a couple dead bodies are wheeled on over and unveiled to the prisoners, the camera's shadow can be seen on one of the soldiers to the left.
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Factual errors 

At one point in the movie, Sasha says that he has a wife and daughter. He actually met his future wife after he escaped the camp and rejoined the Soviet Army.
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Shlomo Szmajzner actually had three "brothers" that he requested be kept with him (his real brother, his cousin, and his nephew).
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Several scenes show smoke from the burning of corpses, but corpses at Sobibor were disposed of in mass graves. At some camps the Germans had the graves exhumed and the bodies burnt to dispose of them. At Sobibor that only happened after the uprising, when Heinrich Himmler ordered the camp be closed down, the buildings demolished and trees planted over the area.
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The railway siding at Sobibor had a platform specially built for unloading of prisoners, not an empty stretch of railway line as depicted in the film.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the run through the minefield, one "mine" goes off without anyone touching it, revealing it to be a remote-detonated charge.
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At the beginning of the movie, three men try to escape by cutting through the fence, but all are killed during the attempt. Later on at roll call, their bodies are brought out for display as a warning to others not to try any escape attempts. During the close-up up the men's bodies, the man on the top is breathing, and you can see his chest rising and falling throughout the scene.
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