Gertrude Poppert

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Gertrude Poppert (born June 29, 1914 in Dortmund , † probably 1943 in Sobibór ), née Schönborn , was a camp inmate in the Sobibór extermination camp . It was founded by Alexander Pechersky , the military planners of the uprising in Sobibor , Luka called. In the film Escape from Sobibor , her fate is portrayed in a dramaturgically changed manner.


Gertrude Schönborn and her husband Walter Poppert emigrated to Amsterdam in the Netherlands in the 1930s . From there they were transported to the Sobibór extermination camp on May 18, 1943.

Gertrude worked in camp 2 in Sobibór and looked after the rabbits there, while Walter was foreman in the forest command. The greeting cards they sent and signed by both of them have been preserved. On arrival at the camp, the SS stopped working prisoners to write cards to relatives. This was a purposeful measure to get the relatives to believe everything was okay and not to investigate.

Pecherski, a lieutenant in the Red Army , was only able to meet Leon Feldhendler in the women's barracks while planning the uprising . In order to make this look harmless to the women in the barrack, he had made friends with Gertrude Poppert. It should appear like he is in a relationship with her. Since Pechersky couldn't pronounce her name, he called her Luka .

Pechersky fell in love with Luka, but did not tell her anything about the planned uprising, as he wanted to be seen as a model of secrecy for others. The day before the flight, Gertrude gave Petscherky a shirt that is now in a museum.

Gertrude Poppert probably did not survive the uprising, her husband Walter Poppert was murdered on October 31, 1943 in the Sobibór camp.


At Easter 2006, the participants in the Sobibòr memorial work camp of Germany's Friends of Nature youth placed a symbolic gravestone for Gertrude and Walter Poppert. The artist Gunter Demnig placed a stumbling block in her memory at Hohen Strasse 60 in the Kreuzviertel in Dortmund .


Individual evidence

  1. Schelvis: Sobibor extermination camp. P. 151 ff. (See literature)
  2. Schelvis: Sobibor extermination camp. P. 184 ff.
  3. ^ The symbolic stone setting for Gertrude Schönborn and Walter Poppert. Workcamp Sobibór 2006 , accessed November 30th
  4. Information in the Kreuzviertel-Magazin 2007 from , accessed on November 30, 2009