Escape from a Nazi Death Camp

About This Episode


Told by four of the main survivors, Escape from a Nazi Death Camp uncovers the true horror of life in Sobibor. Unlike Auschwitz and Dauchau, Sobibor was created purely for extermination. In the space of 17 months, a quarter of a million people arrived at the camp and put to death almost immediately. But a ‘lucky’ few men and women were picked out from the doomed crowds to work as prisoners in the camp. But everyone knew that being selected to work in the camp meant their lives were only on loan. No one left Sobibor alive.

At the remote Nazi death camp, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. This film, using brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first-hand testimony, travels back to Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The multi-layered plot unfolds like a movie — from the last-minute change to the escape plan forced by an unexpected arrival of a train load of SS soldiers, to the systematic luring of individual camp guards to separate locations and different deaths — yet every terrible and inspiring moment of this story is true.