Holocaust survivor shares his story to Washington University students

Posted on: 8:09 pm, February 27, 2014, by

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.”