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Publisher's Summary

On October 14, 1943, 600 Jews imprisoned in Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp in eastern Poland, revolted. They killed a dozen SS officers and guards, trampled the barbed wire fences, and raced across an open field filled with anti-tank mines. Against all odds, more than three hundred made it safely into the woods. Fifty of those men and women managed to survive the rest of the war.
In this edition of Escape from Sobibor, fully updated in 2012, Richard Rashke tells their stories, based on his interviews with 18 of the survivors. It vividly describes the biggest prisoner escape of World War II. A story of unimaginable cruelty. A story of courage and a fierce desire to live and to tell the world what truly went on behind those barbed wire fences.
©1982, 1995 Richard Rashke (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By The Zombie Specialist on 06-23-14

Rashke put a face to the good and the bad!

Would you consider the audio edition of Escape from Sobibor to be better than the print version?

Yes, the narration was excellent and made the pronunciation of the names so much easier

What other book might you compare Escape from Sobibor to and why?

I haven't read anything focused on the holocaust before. But had read and listened to books like "The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau". Both of which are of the highest quality! Both seem extremely well researched, well organised, and both personal. Both do an excellent job at bring to fore the best and worst of humanity.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favourite scene was the beginning of the uprising despite, all the odds being against the captives and any realistic expectation of victory. The grim determination and the description of empowerment were awesome.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Could this ever happen again?

Any additional comments?

The must gut wrenching part of the story is when the message from the Jews made it to the allies. The response to that message? Nothing, the rest of the world including the Pope did nothing to help the Jews. How the rest of the world turned abandoned the Jewish people is unbelievable!

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By Kindle Customer on 08-31-14

Great book about an awful period in Jewish history

What did you love best about Escape from Sobibor?

I do not usually write reviews unless the book is really good or terrable. My bad spelling is one good reason why I don't review many books as I do read those of others and I owe those people a big thank you.. it I s hard for me to call a book or story very good or great when it is about the extermination and physical and mental abuse of millions of innocent people.Both the writing and reading of the book really was interesting. It kept my attention to the point if I think I missed something I would go.back and start over. The author went around the world from south America to Russia to find people who survived the death c a np Sobibor and the massive escape attempt which some survived and did succeed in escaping. Think.what bravery. A massive escape attempt from a Nazi extermination camp. . The author interviewed most/all of the survivors who agreed to be interviewed and incorporated their stories in the book.It reads like a good novel and not at all like a like a dry academic historical book. If you have any interest in the holocaust or how individuals react and survive in condition where they can die a horrible death at any moment. Or how desperate people can reach down deep and gather the strength to say no more no more. this s is a book for you.

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By John Burns on 01-26-17

Let down by the narration.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This was really let down by the narration. There seemed to be no change in the rhythm, intonation, pacing, or style. It was as thought the narrator was detached from the story and just reading it as fast as he could so that he could pick up his paycheck. It really made me switch off from the book.

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By Scott on 02-13-17

Escape From Sobibor

Excellent book. Not just about the escape, also some other important, relevant stories .

Any book covering the Holocaust is going to leave a bad taste in the readers mouth, quite rightly so.

I've read a few books on this subject matter and each time, I come away with more questions than answers? Not because the researchers have done a poor job, but because they open my eyes to the bigger picture, which is just as disturbing. Each book leaves me feeling, that lessons have not been learnt from this tragic and disgraceful event?

It is an absorbing read and one I had to follow to its conclusion.

The narrator does a good job on the whole.

I came to this book on the strength of the film, also of the same title.

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By William Marshall on 07-19-17

Lest we forget

A film made on this harrowing story only shows its horror briefly, a must read.

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