Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Dutch Sobibor Foundation.

The Sobibor Foundation was founded in 1999 by Jules Schelvis, the only survivor of the 14th transport from Westerbork to the Sobibor death camp.

From April 1942 until the end of October 1943 more than 170.000 Jews perished in the Sobibor gas chambers.

34.313 Dutch Jews, distributed over 19 trains, were transported from the Westerbork transit camp in the Netherlands to Sobibor in Eastern Poland. Of these, only 18 survived and returned to Holland after the Second World War

The Sobibor Foundation strives to keep the memory of the  extermination camp Sobibor alive. Our motto is; remembrance through information and education which has resulted in a vast number of activities.

For example, we organize yearly trips to Poland, we have the instatement of the Rachel Borzykowski Medal, a yearly commemoration of the Children’s Transports at the site of the former Camp Vught in the Netherlands, as well as a variety of educational publications.

The Long Shadow of Sobibor

Sobibor has left a lasting scar on those whose loved ones were murdered there as well as on those who were able to rebuild their lives after the war. The Long Shadow Of  Sobibor is a project about these next of kin as well as some remaining survivors. Its powerful website is filled with interesting, informative and moving interviews: