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Holocaust survivor shares his story to Washington University students

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- It has been 71 years since his escape from a Nazi death camp.  Thursday night 88-year-old Philip Bialowitz will share his powerful story of survival with Washington University students.

It is a riveting tale of survival how a 16-year-old boy helped hundreds of Jews escape from a Nazi death camp.

Philip Bialowitz is one of seven living survivors of the Sobibor Nazi Death Camp in Poland.  In 1943 during World War II, he was among a small group of Jewish prisoners who overpowered Nazi guards and broke through barbed wire fences.  They knew they could be killed as they ran through mine fields with bullets flying around them.   300 Jews escaped.

Philip Bialowitz has written a book about his experiences.  It is titled: "A Promise at Sobibor: A Jewish Boy's Story of Revolt and Survival."


  • maria wiertel

    please kindly corect the arrow : ” nazi death camp in Poland ” to

    ” Nazi Germany death camp in occupy Poland “

  • Iwona

    No mention of the those who masterminded and perpetrated the Holocaust: Germany. “Nazis” are neither a country nor a nationality. The only country mentioned is Poland, which was a victim of German occupation. Please refrain from muddling the facts!

  • Zamoyski

    Please, Please – in the first paragraph of this article, change the above to read “German Nazi death camp” and “German-occupied Poland during WWII”. Thank you.

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