2019-06-03 18:17:00

Last Sobibor uprising survivor dies

Moscow, June 3, Interfax - The last surviving participant in the uprising at the Sobibor death camp, Semyon Rosenfeld, has died at the age of 96 in Israel, spokesman for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) Boruch Gorin told Interfax.

A memorial service will take place at the Israeli town of Bnei Ayish, where the veteran had lived recently, Gorin said.

Captive Red Army soldier Rozenfeld played an active role in the uprising on October 14, 1943, in which the majority of prisoners led by Alexander Pechersky escaped the extermination camp, having killed 12 SS guards. The Sobibor uprising was the only successful uprising in a death camp in the history of the Second World War.

The memorial to the Jewish resistance heroes in ghettos and extermination camps during World War II will be unveiled in Moscow on June 4. A competition to design the monument was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Sobibor uprising. Its first stone was laid with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 29, 2018.