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Screening of Sobibor

17 October 2018

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in South Africa in partnership with the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre and the South African Board of Deputies hosted a special screening of the 2018 Russian war drama “Sobibor”. 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the Sobibor uprising.

Photo: Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Africa,  Mr Mikhail Petrakov welcoming guests to the screening of Sobibor

The film is about a Soviet-Jewish soldier who staged an uprising in a Nazi German extermination camp in 1943. The movie is based on real events and was submitted by Russia for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards (Oscars).

The Sobibor death camp was built and operated by the Nazi's on the territory of Poland occupied by the Third Reich. Up to 200,000 Jews from Europe and the Soviet Union have been suffocated there in gas chambers. The vast majority of prisoners were killed upon arrival while the rest were kept alive to work.

In October 1943 led by a lieutenant of the Red Army Alexander Pechersky, the prisoners devised a plan to overpower the camp guards and escape.

The movie gives a graphic and gruesome account of the violence and inhumanness perpetrated in the death camps.

Today, the site is occupied by the Sobibór Museum, which displays a pyramid of ashes and crushed bones of the victims, collected from the cremation pits.




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