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Sobiborinterviews.nl - survivors of an extermination camp

In extermination camp Sobibor (East Poland) approximately 170,000 Jews from across Europe were killed. More than 34,000 were from the Netherlands. Less than fifty prisoners survived the war. The majority of them escaped during the uprising of 14 October 1943.

On this website you can watch and listen to thirteen interviews with Sobibor survivors. Sometimes emotional, sometimes detached, they talk about their lives being disrupted by the war, the degrading conditions in the camp, their escape and their lives after the war. The leader of the uprising gives a detailed account of the preparation and execution of the mass escape.

In addition there are interviews with two local Polish residents and one survivor of the uprising in the crematorium of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The interviews have been made by Dunya Breur and Dutch survivor Jules Schelvis.

A description of Sobibor’s function in the Holocaust places the interviews in a historical perspective. You can also read the biographies of the interviewees and the eighteen Dutch survivors are listed as well. To listen to the interviews QuickTime has to be installed. You can download this application here.

Photographs of the interviewed survivors are shown in the left lower corner of your screen.

The website sobiborinterviews.nl in the media:

Netwerk - broadcast 2 November 2009

  • Dutch survivor Jules Schelvis dies at age 95 (3 April 2016)
  • Survivor Samuel Lerer dies at age 94 (3 March 2016)
  • Survivor Thomas Blatt dies at age 88 (2 November 2015)
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