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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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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?

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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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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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Narration is distractingly bad

I am ¼ of the way into this book, and my opinion is exactly the same as “Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account” by Miklós Nyiszli... except perhaps I am not as vehement regarding the narration. Although the same complaints apply, I’d give it 1.5 stars instead of just 1. Still, it’s not much better.


Here is my review of that book:

It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.

I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.

The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.

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Very graphic and accurate

A really good historical account. This is by no means a novel from one perspective. Enjoyed the after story more, going over the authors journey with survivors to get their stories.

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I don't get the 5 star reviews...

Listening to this book for me was plain old hard work, the narration was so distracting and painful that it was hard to concentrate on the story. The setting in a German extermination camp means of course the subject matter is difficult, but the long term group in Sobibor (artisans, gardeners... talented folks they kept alive) staged a rebellion killing German soldiers and allowing many inmates to escape. I was unfamiliar with this camp or the events which occurred there and enjoyed the additional points of view. I loved the Wikipedia article about Sobibor Concentration Camp and reading it helped me follow the book better.

The author did many interviews with survivors and has recorded the history of the event... thank you for your hard work... however, it wasn't an easy listen in content, organization or narration and can't say I enjoyed it. This is not a "Schindler's List" or "Night" in the quality of writing. Just a part of history we shouldn't forget.

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They Fought Back and Won. Incredible Courage

I watched the movie many years ago and naively thought " OK cool they have escaped now they are free" Wrong. The escape from the camp was just the start of the ordeal for the many who would break free. THis book has done an amazing job at showing how truly great the ordeal of the the holocaust survivors was. There was no run of to the forest and live happily ever after. Those that broke free and made it to the woods would still have to endure a constant fight for their lives for many many months. This book does a brilliant job at describing the many different stories of some of its survivors. I now have a much deeper appreciation for the range of difficulties faced by condemned people fleeing the notorious death camps for all of Europe was one very large prison. If the movie needed a sequel then this book is its equivalent.

I titled this review as they fought back and one with reluctance. I didnt want to sound gimmicky on such a subject but the fact is that facing certain death, those that fought back and still lost their lives would still take a small victory with them. Incredible courage.

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Gripping

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I always had a judgmental opinion regarding the People who were Jewish that assisted the Nazis efforts and this book opened my heart regarding their experience and reasons. In some ways I am able to hold more peace as a result

Who was your favorite character and why?

The writer and narrator for having the courage to tell this particular story

What does Robert Blumenfeld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Compassion

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Amazing story of courage and pain

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire story had my attention from the beginning. It is so hard to comprehend the pain that these people endured.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was key to telling this story in a way that portrayed the horror of the Nazi death camps.

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Great!!!

I can't believe no one has written a review for this yet.
I love when different people with languages, countries, and classes come together.
The Russians Jews had military expertise, and the Polish Jews had the knowledge of the camp and those in charge.
It's the biggest Jewish escape of the war; 300!!!
They don't sugarcoat anything, but you really are on the edge of your seat hoping they all make it.
It was funny that although the small group that was needed to pull this off was sworn to secrecy, most had to tell someone, or more than one someone.
The first half is the camp, background of both sides and the day to day leading up to the escape and finally what happened.
Part 2 takes it from some of the escapees' stories, meeting in the forest, and checking to see if their loved ones made it, to splitting up and surviving any way they could. I wanted to get this in right away, so I don't know how it ends. I still have 5 hours to go and can't wait to see what happens!

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You should probably read this before any other book on the Holocaust

I saw escape from Sobibor in 1990 when the made for TV movie was shown in England. In the years since I have read many books dealing with the Holocaust. I first read Richard Raske's excellent book in graduate school. This audio version, with its updates, is a story which amidst all it's depictions of Cara, contains a singularly life reaffirming message.

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  • John Burns
  • 01-26-17

Let down by the narration.

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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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  • Scott
  • 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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  • crabbit101
  • 04-12-15

A superb and very moving account.

Excellent in every way. It combines horror with hope, dignity, determination and survival. This book has also stood the test of time. Highly recommended.

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  • David
  • 03-31-15

Harrowing But Gripping

I have seen many TV programmes and films and read a few books that feature The Holocaust but this audiobook was one of the best I have listened to in terms of bringing the horrors of this period of history to life. Despite the brutality and cruelty of the subject matter, this book has a very real story to tell and one of the unquestionable bravery and heroism of the very few who survived and were able to tell their story. Very well read and a gripping storyline.

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  • William Marshall
  • 07-19-17

Lest we forget

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