The film is based totally on a actual story that came about in 1943 in the Sobibor attention camp in German-occupied Poland. The important individual of the movie is the Soviet-Jewish soldier Alexander Pechersky, who at that point become serving within the Red Army as a lieutenant. In October 1943, he turned into captured via the Nazis and deported to the Sobibor concentration camp, in which Jews were being exterminated in gas chambers. But, in just 3 weeks, Alexander turned into in a position to devise an worldwide uprising of prisoners from Poland and Western Europe. This rebellion ended in being the simplest a success one for the duration of the warfare, which brought about the most important get away of prisoners from a Nazi awareness camp.