Escape from Sobibor

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Escape from Sobibor
Escape From Sobibor.jpg
Directed by Jack Gold
Produced by Dennis E. Doty
Written by Thomas Blatt
Richard Rashke (book)
Reginald Rose
Stanislaw Szmajzner
Starring Alan Arkin
Joanna Pacuła
Rutger Hauer
Hartmut Becker
Jack Shepherd
Narrated by Howard K. Smith
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Ernest Vincze
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
Language English

Escape from Sobibor is a 1987 British made-for-TV film which aired on CBS.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.


Rutger Hauer in 'Escape from Sobibor'

In credits order.

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  1. ^ Although the character wears the rank insignia of a sturmscharführer, he is addressed as "hauptscharführer" throughout. Wagner held the lower rank of oberscharführer.
  2. ^ 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.


  1. ^ "Escape from Sobibor (1987)". IMDB. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Schelvis, Jules. Sobibor: A History of a Nazi Death Camp. Berg, Oxford & New Cork, 2007, p. 168, ISBN 978-1-84520-419-8.
  3. ^ Rashke, Richard (1983/1995 second edition). Escape from Sobibor. University of Illinois Press. p. 416. ISBN 978-0252064791. 

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