About Philip

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Philip Bialowitz was the last remaining Polish Jewish survivor of the infamous Nazi death camp, Sobibór, where an estimated 250,000 people perished between 1942 and 1943. There, Mr. Bialowitz joined a small group of Jewish prisoners who overpowered their captors and freed approximately 200 of the camp’s 600 slave laborers. Mr. Bialowitz lectured frequently to diverse audiences in North America, Europe and Israel (including members of Israel's Officer Corps and Diplomatic Corps) about both his experiences at Sobibór and the continued importance of mutual respect among people of different beliefs. He testified at several war crimes trials. Mr. Bialowitz’ memoir was published in English (title: A Promise at Sobibór: A Jewish Boy’s Story of Revolt and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland) and in Polish (title: Bunt w Sobibórze). A curriculum based on Mr. Bialowitz’s book was developed for Polish schools by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. After the Holocaust, Mr. Bialowitz trained in Germany to be a dentist but eventually settled in New York City, where he worked as a jeweler. He died peacefully, surrounded by his four surviving children, in 2016.

January 23, 2010

Testimony at the war crimes trial of John Demjanjuk

This article about my testimony in the trial of John Demjanjuk appeared in the Irish Independent on January 22, 2010

1 comment:

  1. I recently read 'A Promise at Sobibor'. It is an important book and an inspirational book. The horror that Philip had to endure should never be inflicted upon anyone, and yet it was, on so many. This book, like the holocaust itself, is above all a warning to humanity, and the more people who read it the better. Furthermore, it is well written and extremely moving. I found the descriptions of pre-war life in Izbica and the contrast with post-war Izbica particularly harrowing. Thankyou very much for writing this book!