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Group portrait of participants in the uprising in the Sobibor death camp.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 10625

Group portrait of participants in the uprising in the Sobibor death camp.

Among those pictured are Yosef Ertman (second from the left in the front row); Zelda Kelberman (thrid from left); Chaim Povroznik (sixth from the left in the front row); Meyer Zis (first from the left in the back row); and Leib Felhendler (sixth from the left in the back row).

In the summer of 1943 Jewish prisoners in Sobibor organised an underground group under the leadership of Leon Feldhendler, the former chairman of the Jewish Council in Zolkiew, in the hopes of staging an uprising and mass escape from the camp. When a group of Soviet Jewish POWs arrived at the camp in mid-September, one of their number, Lt. Aleksandr Pechersky was recruited by the underground and put in charge of the operation, with Feldhendler as his deputy. The uprising broke out on October 14, 1943, during which eleven SS guards were killed and three hundred prisoners escaped. All but approximately fifty were apprehended and killed.

Date
August 1944
Variant Locale
Kholm
Photo Designation
KILLING CENTERS -- Sobibor
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Misha Lev
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Record last modified: 2006-10-11 00:00:00
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