Selma Engel-Wijnberg

Dutch Holocaust survivor (1922–2018)

Selma Engel-Wijnberg (born Saartje (Selme) Wijnberg;[1][2] 15 May 1922 – 4 December 2018) was a Dutch Jewish Holocaust survivor. She successfully escaped from Sobibor extermination camp and survived the war. Engel-Wijnberg came to the United States from Israel with her family in 1957. She returned to Europe only to testify against the war criminals of Sobibor.[3]

Selma Engel-Wijnberg
Koninklijke onderscheiding voor Selma Engel-Wijnberg (cropped).jpg
Selma Engel-Wijnberg in 2010
Saartje (Selme) Wijnberg

(1922-05-15)15 May 1922
Died4 December 2018(2018-12-04) (aged 96)
Chaim Engel
(m. 1945; his death 2003)
AwardsKnight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau

Engel-Wijnberg died in Branford, Connecticut on 4 December 2018 at the age of 96.[4]


  1. Holocaust Encyclopedia. "Selma Wijnberg". Profile. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  2. Ann Markham Walsh & Saartje (Selme) Wijnberg Engel (2012). Dancing Through Darkness: The Inspiring Story of Nazi Death Camp Survivors, Chaim and Selma Engel. Dunham Books. ISBN 978-0985532888.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. Liempt 2010, p. 120-21.
  4. Sobibor-overlevende Selma Engel-Wijnberg (96) overleden