Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Russia 2015
The 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Uprising in the Sobibor Death Camp.

ISSUE DATE: 30 October 2015
THEME: Sobibor Extermination Camp
STAMP SIZE: 30 х 42 mm
STAMP DESIGN: A. Moskovets

Sobibór was one of the largest extermination camps located in occupied Poland during the Great Patriotic War. It was built by Nazi in March 1942 in woodlands on the outskirts of the village of the same name near Lublin. Prisoners of war, mainly from Eastern Poland and the Soviet Union territories occupied by the Nazi German army, as well as from Czechoslovakia, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, were retained in the camp.

The camp was the site of a mass uprising organized by Lt. Alexander Pechersky, a Soviet POW, on 14 October 1943. However, only 13 prisoners succeeded in crossing the fence and managed to join up with the partisans. Shortly after the revolt was crushed, the Germans closed Sobibór, destroyed all buildings and and planted the site over with trees.

Currently, the site of the extermination camp is a memorial to victims of Nazism as a legacy of humanism, heroism and international unity.The stamp features the monument, which is a figure of a woman with a child at the site of the former Nazi camp “Sobibor”. Sculptor: Metchislav Welter