The only one successful uprising of the prisoners of the Nazi death camp happened in Sobibor, 14th of October 1943. The insurgents killed the SS men from the camp administration and broke through the gates. Hundreds of prisoners took part in the escape, more than 50 of them survived until the end of the war. The uprising was organized and led by a captured Red Army officer of Jewish origin Alexander Pechersky. After the war, Pechersky lived in Rostov-on- Don. He passed away in 1990. Now his daughter and his granddaughter live in Rostov. With their permission, the Alexander Pechersky Foundation was established. It represents the interests of Alexander Pechersky’s relatives, as well as the other participants of the uprising. For more than five years we’ve been engaged in perpetuating the memory of Pechersky and his comrades in different countries (Russia, Israel, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, Holland etc.). The activity of the Foundation is going in two main directions: an official recognition of the Sobibor heroes (state awards, toponymic objects, monuments, school programs, etc.) and the popularization of their heroic deeds (documentary and feature films, books, exhibitions, commemorative events, etc.).
The project is aimed at preserving the historical memory of the tragedy of war and the heroism of Soviet soldiers, on the patriotic education of Russian citizens, first of all – young people. Recently, especially after the release of the film Sobibor, an uprising in the Sobiborsky camp organized by Red Army prisoners of war has become a symbol of the courage of the Soviet people, their readiness to fight the enemy even at death, to resist death and dehumanization. Therefore, it is fundamentally important to create a virtual platform where users could find out the reliable, rather than mythological details of those events, familiarize themselves with the documents and biographies of the heroes and victims, look at the faces of the fallen and the survivors.