Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: One of Last Sobibor Death Camp Survivors Dies in Ukraine

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere: One of Last Sobibor Death Camp Survivors Dies in Ukraine

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Arkady Waispapir * One of the last known survivors of the Nazis' Sobibor death camp has died in Ukraine. He was 96.

The Berlin-based Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe said Monday that Mr. Waispapir died Jan. 11 (2018) in Kiev.

Born in southern Ukraine in 1921, Mr. Waispapir was captured by the Germans while serving in the Soviet Army. He was sent to the Sobibor camp in occupied Poland in 1943 because he was Jewish.

At Sobibor, Mr. Waispapir was ordered to a work detail, one of the few inmates spared immediate death in the camp's gas chambers.

Prisoners organized an uprising against the guards in October 1943 and succeeded in killing nearly a dozen.

Mr. Waispapir was one of the eight main organizers who used their training as soldiers to help devise the plan for the uprising. In the end, about half of the camp's 600 prisoners managed to escape, although about 100 were caught almost immediately. …

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