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The Memorial at the Sobibor Death Camp


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The Entrance to the Sobibor Memorial
Picture of the entrance sign into the Sobibor Death Camp.

The entrance sign into the Sobibor Death Camp. (1998)

Picture by Jen Rosenberg.
During a trip to Eastern Europe in 1998, I visited what was left at the Sobibor Death Camp. Visiting the Sobibor Death Camp caused a turmoil of emotions within me. The first was a great sense of sorrow. At this one camp, 250,000 people died. They were brought in by train and then almost immediately gassed. There was no forced labor camp here. There were just a very select few who were culled from the transports to work in the death process. Most had no Selektion opportunity. Thus, whether strong or weak, man or woman, young or old, all were sent to die.

The first thing I saw after stepping out of the car was this sign. The four different plaques have the same message written in four different languages. The plaque on the left is in English. It reads, "At this site, between the years 1942 and 1943, there existed a Nazi death camp where 250,000 Jews and approximately 1000 Poles were murdered. On October 14th, 1943, during the revolt by the Jewish prisoners the Nazis were overpowered and several hundred prisoners escaped to freedom. Following the revolt the death camp ceased to function. 'Earth conceal not my blood.' (Job)"

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