WITH CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT
|Sobibor hits Russian cinemas sometime this year|
SOBIBOR is based on the history of the Sobibór extermination camp uprising during WWII and Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky. When he was a POW in Sobibor, he managed to do the impossible - to organize a revolt and mass escape of the prisoners. Part of the escapees
caught and died - the rest led by Pechersky managed to escape and
joined the partisans.
|Rutger Hauer starred in the 1987 movie on Sobibor|
DEZZY'S HISTORY LESSON
At least 250,000 Russians and Jews were murdered in gas chambers in SOBIBOR by the Nazis. This number makes it the fourth worst extermination camp from World War II. Out of 600 prisoners who tried to escape in the revolt, only about 50 succeeded. Shortly after the revolt, the Germans closed the camp, bulldozed the earth, and planted it over with pine trees to conceal its location.
Today, the site is occupied by the SOBIBOR Museum, which displays a pyramid of ashes and crushed bones of the victims, collected from the cremation pits.
|Prisoners were killed using gas from the exhaust pipes of a tank engine|