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Crazy Miraculous Things

July 27, 2018

Amen, Jake, Amen!

Jake Owensby

Alexander Pechersky—Sasha to his friends—arrived in Sobibor on September 18, 1943. The Nazis had captured him along with many of his Soviet Army comrades during the Battle of Moscow.

Initially, the Nazis interred Sasha in POW camps. However, during a routine exam a physician discovered that he was circumcised. The Nazis changed his classification and eventually sent him to Sobibor in cattle cars jammed with 2000 Russian Jews.

On the first day of his arrival, he noticed a fire glowing about 500 yards away. An acrid odor hung over the camp. He asked a fellow prisoner named Shlomo about the fire. Shlomo explained that the Nazis were burning the bodies of thousands of men, women, and children. Sobibor was an extermination camp.

AC2C78D8-D0C2-41FB-BEFB-DDF94BD808EBAs a soldier, Sasha’s first thought upon entering the camp was escape. His intention was to join partisans or to find the Red Army and continue the fight…

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