Chaim Engel, 87, who used his story of suffering and escape from a Nazi death camp to educate children about the Holocaust, died Friday in Branford, Conn.
He and his wife, Selma, whom he met at the Sobibor camp in Poland, told their tale in classrooms throughout the New Haven area. Their story was depicted in the 1987 television movie, Escape From Sobibor, and at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington.
Mr. Engel was born in Poland and was a soldier in the Polish army. In 1942, he was sent to Sobibor, a death camp where 250,000 Jews were murdered. The couple and others hatched a plot to escape, and on Oct. 14, 1943, they killed a German soldier and launched an uprising.
The Engels hid, living on money and diamonds they had found while sorting clothes.
After the war, Mr. Engel sold men's clothing in Holland. The couple then immigrated to Israel and from there to Westport, Conn., in 1959.