Aleksandr (Sasha) Pechersky (1909–1990)

In search of a life story

Authored by: Selma Leydesdorff

The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138784291
eBook ISBN: 9781315768199
Adobe ISBN: 9781317665717


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It all began in Munich. When I interviewed survivors of the Sobibor death camp (“Vernichtungslager”) after the trial of John Demjanjuk (2009–2011), 2 they all praised and loved Aleksandr (“Sasha”) Pechersky, the Russian Jew who had led the revolt and escape that saved their lives. 3 Pechersky, the uncontested leader of the revolt of October 14, 1943, was mentioned in every individual story.

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