Jules Schelvis (1921 - 2016)

Jules Schelvis, a Dutch historian who was the last insurgent of the Nazi’s Sobibor World War II extermination camp, died Sunday evening in his native Netherlands, according to multiple news sources, including The Associated Press. He was 95.

The death was announced by the Amsterdam-based Sobibor Foundation. The cause of death wasn’t immediately reported.

In an Oct. 14, 2013, ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the uprising in the concentration camp, Schelvis was honored along with Philip Bialowitz and Thomas Blatt as the last insurgents of Sobibor. The trio received medals of merit during the observance.

Schelvis, who was born Jan. 7, 1921, in Amsterdam, founded the Sobibor Foundation as a way to never forget the extermination camp, which was located in Nazi-occupied Poland.

He also wrote books about Sobibor, including “Sobibor: A History of a Nazi Death Camp” and “A Train to Sobibor.”

The Netherlands embassy in Poland shared its condolences Monday in a Facebook post.

“Schelvis was one of the 18 survivors of the 34,313 Dutch Jews who were deported from the Netherlands” to Sobibor, the embassy wrote. “In the last decades of his life, Schelvis was dedicated to bringing awareness and honoring the memory of the people who died in Sobibor.”

The embassy noted that during the last three years of his life, Schelvis lectured frequently in Poland, Germany and the Netherlands, recounting his death-camp experiences.

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