The Last Witness


The documentary spins a tale of Samuel Willenberg’s life. He was 20 at the outbreak of the armed revolt on August 2nd of 1943 in the death camp of Treblinka in Poland. As a result of the revolt 400 out of 1000 inmates managed to escape Treblinka. 67 of them survived the war. The narrative, however, is here and now, against the background of today’s Poland and Israel.

There were only 3 armed mutinies in the history of Nazi death camps. The first one was in Treblinka, the second one in Sobibor on October 1943 and the third was in Birkenau (Brzezinka) on October 1944. The mutinies were caused by the world’s indifference towards the Holocaust. Claude Lanzman told the Sobibor revolt story in his “Sobibor”. The ‘Last Witness’ is the first film to tell the story of the Treblinka revolt.

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