Escape from Sobibor
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|Escape from Sobibor|
|Directed by||Jack Gold|
|Produced by||Dennis E. Doty|
|Written by||Thomas Blatt
Richard Rashke (book)
|Narrated by||Howard K. Smith|
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
|Edited by||Keith Palmer|
|Distributed by||Zenith Productions|
|Release date(s)||12 April 1987 (USA)|
|Running time||143 minutes (uncut)
120 minutes (edited)
|Country||United Kingdom / Yugoslavia|
Escape from Sobibor is a 1987 British made-for-TV film which aired on CBS. It is the story of the mass escape from the extermination camp at Sobibor, the most successful uprising by Jewish prisoners of German extermination camps (uprisings also took place at Auschwitz and Treblinka). The film was directed by Jack Gold and shot in Avala, Yugoslavia (now Serbia).
On 14 October 1943, members of the camp's underground resistance succeeded in covertly killing eleven German SS-Totenkopfverbände officers and a number of Sonderdienst Ukrainian and Volksdeutche guards. Of the 600 inmates in the camp, roughly 300 escaped, although all but 50 - 70 were later re-captured and killed. After the escape, SS Chief Heinrich Himmler order the death camp closed. It was dismantled, bulldozed under the earth, and planted over with trees to cover it up.
The screenplay was based on the book of the same name written by the American author, Richard Rashke. Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacuła and Rutger Hauer were the primary stars of the film. Hauer received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Television). Thomas Blatt, a camp survivor who had assisted Rashke with his book, served as a technical consultant.
In credits order.
- Alan Arkin as Leon Feldhendler
- Joanna Pacuła as Luka (Gertrude Poppert-Schonborn)
- Rutger Hauer as Lieutenant Aleksandr 'Sasha' Pechersky
- Hartmut Becker as SS-Hauptscharführer Gustav Wagner[note 1]
- Jack Shepherd as Itzhak Lichtman
- Emil Wolk as Samuel Lerer
- Simon Gregor as Stanislaw 'Shlomo' Szmajzner
- Linal Haft as Kapo Porchek
- Jason Norman as Thomas 'Toivi' Blatt
- Robert Gwilym as Chaim Engel
- Eli Nathenson as Moses Szmajzner
- Kurt Raab as SS-Oberscharführer Karl Frenzel[note 2]
- Eric Caspar as SS-Hauptsturmführer Franz Reichleitner
- Hugo Bower as SS-Oberscharführer Rudolf Beckmann
- Klaus Grünberg as SS-Oberscharführer Erich Bauer
- Wolfgang Bathke as SS-Unterscharführer Hurst
- Henning Gissel as SS-Unterscharführer Fallaster
- Henry Stolow as SS-Untersturmführer Johann Niemann
- Ullrich Haupt as SS-Unterscharführer Josef Wolf
- Patti Love as Eda Fiszer Lichtman
- Judith Sharp as Bajle Sobol
- Ellis Van Maarseveen as Selma Wijnberg
- David Miller as Mundek
- Jack Chissick as Hershel Zuckerman
- Ned Vukovic as Morris
- Sara Sugarman as Naomi
- Peter Jonfield as Kapo Sturm
- Dijana Kržanić as Esther Terner
- Irfan Mensur as Kalimali
- Zoran Stojiljković as Boris
- Svetolik Nikačević as Old Man
- Miša Janketić as Oberkapo Berliner
- Dejan Čavić as Kapo Spitz
- Zlatan Fazlagić as Weiss
- Predrag Milinković as Kapo Jacob
- Bozidar Pavićević as SS-Sturmmann Ivan Klatt
- Howard K. Smith as Narrator (American version)
- List of survivors of Sobibor
- List of films in the public domain
- List of Holocaust films
- The Grey Zone (2001), movie about the uprising in Auschwitz-Birkenau
- Although the character wears the rank insignia of a sturmscharführer, he is addressed as "hauptscharführer" throughout. Wagner held the lower rank of oberscharführer.
- The character wears the collar patches of a scharführer and the epaulettes of a hauptscharführer, but is addressed by the actual Frenzel's correct rank of oberscharführer throughout.
- "Escape from Sobibor (1987)". IMDB. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- Schelvis, Jules. Sobibor: A History of a Nazi Death Camp. Berg, Oxford & New Cork, 2007, p. 168, ISBN 978-1-84520-419-8.
- Rashke, Richard (1983/1995 second edition). Escape from Sobibor. University of Illinois Press. p. 416. ISBN 978-0252064791.
- Escape from Sobibor on YouTube
- Escape from Sobibor at the Internet Movie Database
- Escape from Sobibor at AllMovie
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