Sobibor: The Forgotten Revolt

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Thomas Blatt has written a remarkable book that tells two stories. The first story is about a notorious Nazi death camp in Poland called Sobibor. This death camp achieved the awful task assigned to it by the Nazis: over a quarter of a million Jewish men, women and children were murdered there.

The second story is about the revolt at Sobibor. In the fall of 1943, over 300 slave workers escaped after a short, violent and desparate revolt. In the...

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Overview

Thomas Blatt has written a remarkable book that tells two stories. The first story is about a notorious Nazi death camp in Poland called Sobibor. This death camp achieved the awful task assigned to it by the Nazis: over a quarter of a million Jewish men, women and children were murdered there.

The second story is about the revolt at Sobibor. In the fall of 1943, over 300 slave workers escaped after a short, violent and desparate revolt. In the history of Jewish resistance movement under the German occupation, the revolt in Sobibor ranks the second in magnitude after the Warsaw uprising. It was the biggest and most successful uprising in all the Nazi camps.... Auschwitz Commandant Höss' memoirs concerning the revolt confirms the above.

"...The Jews (of Sobibor) were able to achieve a major breakout, during which almost all of the German personnel were wiped out..."

Blatt tells those two stories in measured tones: he neither exaggerates the heroism of the Jewish prisoners nor demonizes their cruel victimizers. This is a remarkable feat in itself, because Blatt was one of the prisoners who had a role in the revolt and who escaped from Sobibor. "I forced myself to be emotionally detached as a survivor," Blatt writes in the introduction "concerning myself only with recording history, while I sought interviews with the perpetrators themselves." Most compelling, however, is Tom's interview with Karl Frenzel, a Nazi officer at Sobibor....

'Sobibor: The Forgetton Revolt' gives a reader a broader understanding of the complicated methods of mass genocide. It is an important book for anyone interested in the genocide of European Jewry.

This book provides the reader with a gimpse into the life and death in the belly of the beast. --Michael Nutkiewicz

About the Author:
Author and lecturer. The subject of his writings and lectures concerns racism, intolerance and genocide. . . courage and resistance.

Tom Blatt is a survivor of the infamous Nazi death camp Sobibor, where he took part in the most daring and successful revolt and escape in any Nazi camp during the World War II.

The story of the revolt is retold in the award-winning CBS film, a Chrysler Corporation Special for 1987, Escape From Sobibor.

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Alex Grobman
Without his sustained and courageous pressure on the Polish government to change the signs at Sobibor, few would know that Jews were the primary victims at the camp.
—director, Martyrs Memorial and Museum of the Holocaust, Los Angeles
Dennis Doty
Having worked with Tom Blatt over a period of several years during the development of the film, Escape from Sobibor, I came to deeply respect his passion, attention to detail and strength of character. As a survivor of the revolt at death camp Sobibor, he brought all those qualities and more to his compelling book Sobibor: The Forgotten Revolt. This is a powerful story of a tragic part of history.
—producer, Escape from Sobibor
Lane Gerber
My imagination was gripped as I followed Mr. Blatt's compelling description of the development and implementation for the plan that would result in the biggest anbd most successful revolt in any Nazi camp. How does one keep hope alive and deal with what must have been enormous pain over the long years needed to amass photographs, documents, interviews, and some of his own diaries? And then, incredibly, toward the end of the journey, Mr. Blatt had to confront a government who wanted to deny what happend.
—Professor of Psychology and Chair, Graduate Program, Seattle University
Marilyn J. Harran
Thomas Blatt writes in the preface to his book, "Witnessing genocide is overwhelming; writing about it is soul shattering." Nor can the reader emerge unscathed from his wrenching account of man's inhumanity to humanity. This account of the killing of 250,000 Jews at the death camp Sobibor is made even more powerful by the fact that the author is one of a handful of survivors of the revolt. To read this book is to risk having one's soul shattered and one's humanity put in question. No one who reads it will ever be able to forget Sobibor or Toivi Blatt.
—Professor of Religion and History, Chapman University
Michael Nutkiewicz
Tom Blatt has written a remarkable book that tells two stories. The first details the workings of the notorious Sobibor death camp. The second tells of the revolt at Sobibor. Blatt tells these two stories in measured tones: he neither exaggerates the heroism of the Jewish prisoners nor demonizes their cruel victimizers. This is a remarkable feat in itself, because Blatt was one of the prisoners who had a role in the revolt and who escaped from Sobibor. Most compelling, however, is Tom and Dena Blatt's interview with Karl Frenzel, a Nazi officer at Sobibor. . . which encapsulates Hannah Arendt's famous phrase "the banality of evil."
—Chief Historian, Survivors of Shoah Visual History
Neal M. Sher
Executive Director, American Israel Public Affairs Committee; former Director, Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Department of Justice

This important and deeply moving book, written by one of the heroes of the legendary 1943 Sobibor uprising, recounts one of the greatest escape stories in the annals of human history. Thomas Blatt's powerful and passionate narrative honors the memory of Sobibor's victims. It is "must" reading.

Polish Radio Warsaw
It is largely through his efforts that a lot of evidence concerning Sobibor has been published and the fate of the Jews at this camp brought to light. The story is fascinating in its almost unbelievable nature.
Stern magazine (Germany)
It is a shocking document. The guilt of one and the suffering of the other are overshadowing any human effort. What's left is unspeakable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964944206
  • Publisher: HEP Elfin Cove Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Illustrations: 140
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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