By Philip "Fiszel" Bialowitz,Wladyslaw Bartoszewski
A Promise at Sobibór is the tale of Fiszel Bialowitz, a teenaged Polish Jew who escaped the Nazi gasoline chambers. among April 1942 and October 1943, approximately 250,000 Jews from ecu nations and the Soviet Union have been despatched to the Nazi loss of life camp at Sobibór in occupied Poland. Sobibór used to be now not a transit camp or paintings camp: its sole function used to be effective mass homicide. On October 14, 1943, nearly 1/2 the 650 or so prisoners nonetheless alive at Sobibór undertook a bold and accurately deliberate insurrection, killing SS officials and fleeing via minefields and machine-gun hearth into the encircling forests, farms, and cities. purely approximately forty-two of them, together with Fiszel, are recognized to have survived to the top of the war.
Philip (Fiszel) Bialowitz, now an American citizen, tells his eyewitness tale the following within the real-time point of view of his personal boyhood, from his youth earlier than the struggle and his internment within the brutal Izbica ghetto to his harrowing six months at Sobibór—including his involvement within the insurrection and determined mass escape—and his rescue by means of brave Polish farmers. He additionally recounts the demanding situations of existence following the warfare as a teenaged displaced individual, and his eventual efforts as a witness to the reality of the Holocaust.
In 1943 the heroic leaders of the insurrection at Sobibór, Sasha Perchersky and Leon Feldhendler, implored fellow prisoners to vow that any one who survived could inform the tale of Sobibór: not only of the bad atrocities dedicated there, yet of the braveness and humanity of these who fought again. Bialowitz has saved that promise.
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