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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 in the front row are Yosef Ertman (second from the left), Zelda Kelberman (third from left), Esther Raab (second from the right), The person on the far right has been identified both as Chaim Povroznik and Yehuda Lerner. [The In the back row are Meyer Zis (far left), Israel Trager (third from the left), and Leib Felhendler (far right).

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.

August 1944
Chelm, [Lublin] Poland
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Misha Lev
Record last modified: 2019-05-29 00:00:00
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