The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center presents an exhibition entitled “Sobibor: Victorious over Death”, which is dedicated to an uprising in a Nazi extermination camp in 1943 and to Alexandr Pechersky, an organizer and a leader of the uprising. The uprising in Sobibor was the only one that ended up with a victory of detainees. The exhibition is held in conjunction with an International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The exhibition “Sobibor: Victorious over Death” will show documents, paintings and graphic works from the collections of The Russian State Archive of Literature and Arts, The Central Archives of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, The State Archive of the Russian Federation, The Ghetto Fighters' House, Yad Vashem, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and private collections. The exhibition will present letters of a leader of the uprising Alexandr Pechersky to Michael Lev, unique photographs of the participants of the events of 1943 after dozens of years, as well as contemporary photographs of a territory that was held by a death camp. A consistent narrative about Sobibor will be supplemented by infographics, texts, and video materials, including a video recording of a speech of Vlad Vaispapir, a son of one of the participants of the uprising, Arkadiy Vaispapir.
The extermination camp Sobibor was created in 1942 in the south-eastern part of Poland and existed till the uprising of detainees in 1943. During the time of its existence, about 250 thousand people were killed there. In 1943 clandestine group was organized, with Alexandr Pechersky as its leader. On October 14 around 300 detainees managed to escape the camp, however, most of them were subsequently killed. All detainees who stayed in Sobibor were killed, and the camp itself was destroyed.
For the record:
International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations on November 1. The date chosen for the Remembrance Day is 27 January – on this day Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by the Red Army.