Alexander Pechersky

1909 - 1990

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Alexander "Sasha" Aronovich Pechersky (Russian: Алекса́ндр Аро́нович Пече́рский; 22 February 1909 – 19 January 1990), also known as Oleksandr Aronovych Pecherskyi (Ukrainian: Олександр Аронович Печерський), was a Jewish-Soviet officer. He is one of the organizers, and the leader, of the most successful uprising and mass-escape of Jews from a Nazi extermination camp during World War II, which occurred at the Sobibor extermination camp on 14 October 1943. In 1948, Pechersky was arrested by the Soviet authorities along with his brother during the countrywide Rootless cosmopolitan campaign against Jews suspected of pro-Western leanings but released later due in part to mounting international pressure. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Pechersky has received more than 458,840 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Alexander Pechersky is the 161st most popular social activist (down from 159th in 2019), the 171st most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 170th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Ukrainian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Alexander Pechersky ranks 161 out of 840Before him are Gerda Christian, Sergey Nechayev, Ales Bialiatski, Yiannis Ritsos, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, and Rudi Dutschke. After him are Mordechai Vanunu, Maria Spiridonova, Frederick Douglass, Rigoberta Menchú, Otoya Yamaguchi, and René Just Haüy.

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Among people born in 1909, Alexander Pechersky ranks 46Before him are Alain Poher, Hélder Câmara, Vicente Feola, László Rajk, Colonel Tom Parker, and Yiannis Ritsos. After him are Norberto Bobbio, Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Rudolf Brandt, Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, Rollo May, and James Mason. Among people deceased in 1990, Alexander Pechersky ranks 48Before him are Ugo Tognazzi, Capucine, Ivan Serov, Reinaldo Arenas, Yiannis Ritsos, and Angelo Schiavio. After him are Art Blakey, Taiichi Ohno, Jill Ireland, Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Delphine Seyrig, and Philippe Soupault.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Alexander Pechersky ranks 171 out of 1,365Before him are Tamara Press (1937), Heinrich Neuhaus (1888), Andriy Melnyk (1890), Sigismund Korybut (1395), Hayim Nahman Bialik (1873), and Marina Mniszech (1588). After him are Robert Maxwell (1923), Valentyn Sylvestrov (1937), Moshé Feldenkrais (1904), Stanisław Jerzy Lec (1909), Pavel Popovich (1930), and Pavel Batitsky (1910).


Among social activists born in Ukraine, Alexander Pechersky ranks 4Before him are Simon Wiesenthal (1908), Fanny Kaplan (1890), and Georgy Gapon (1870). After him are Haim Arlosoroff (1899), David Riazanov (1870), Sergei Kovalev (1930), Petro Grigorenko (1907), Maria Nikiforova (1885), Borys Romanchenko (1926), Olga Lepeshinskaya (1916), and Leo Deutsch (1855).