Escape from Sobibor

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Escape from Sobibor


Escape from Sobibor is a movie that was casted and aired in the year 1987. The movie deals with the extermination camp at Sobibor. Sobibor was the site of the most successful rebellion by Jewish prisoners of the German extermination camps. The movie outlines that on October 14, the year 1943, eleven German officers and several Ukrainian guards were killed covertly by members of the camp’s underground resistance. About 300 out of the 600 prisoners in the camp escaped despite that most of them were re-captured and killed. This escape forced the Germans to close down the death camp and plant a forest. The screenplay was mostly based on the book that was authored by Richard Rashke on the same topic. The primary characters of the movie were Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula, and Rutger Hauer. This movie was filmed at Avala, Yugoslavia. There are different evaluations that can be given concerning the movie Escape from Sobibor which are either negative or positive. This study considers three major criteria of evaluation, plot, theme presentation, and characters.

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Haggith, Toby & Newman, Joanna. Holocaust and the Moving Image: Representations in Film and Television Since 1933. New York: Wiley, 2005. Print