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Coming Soon … The Robert Clary Story

COMING SOON

A truly inspiring film about a Hollywood legend
FROM BUCHENWALD TO HOLLYWOOD , THE ROBERT CLARY STORY
A film by Karen and Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg

Richard Bloom Productions is producing a new documentary about legendary actor, Broadway star, singer, artist, author and Holocaust lecturer, Robert Clary.
Mr. Clary is widely known for his role as Corporal Lebeau on the long running TV series Hogan’s Heroes.
What is little known by the public is that Robert’s real last name is Widerman, and in 1942 at the age of 16, he and twelve members of his family were rounded up in Paris, France and deported by the Nazis to concentration camps. He was the only one to survive, having endured 31 months in four Nazi camps and a death march until his liberation from Buchenwald by the U.S. Army on April 11, 1945.
He was discovered singing in a Paris nightclub in 1947, signed to a recording contract and brought to the United States in 1949 where he met Merv Griffin, who introduced him to Eddie and Ida Cantor and their daughter, Natalie, who he would later marry.
His inspiring story will be shared with the world in From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story, which is currently in post-production.

Screening for Belgian ASF volunteers of ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz’

ASF België / Belgique

Our documentary film ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz‘  was screened September 2017 in Brussels for the new volunteers of ASF België / Belgique.
This Belgian ASF association is part of the international network of Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste – in english called : ‘Action Reconciliation Service for Peace‘.

These Belgian ASF one year ‘Service for Peace’ volunteers work a year in both social projects with the elderly, migrants, people with disabilities, and socially vulnerable children , and also historical and educational projects, in eg. museums and memorials , like Kazerne Dossin.

 

Resistance is the current year theme for the ASP – reason enough to pay attention to an unique act of resistance in the history of the Second World War: the attack at Boortmeerbeek on the 20th death train to Auschwitz.
More details and free online viewing  of the film here on this site via this link.

Kazerne Dossin Online Portraits And Deportation Lists

EN – ONLINE DATABASE

The online database of Kazerne Dossin contains the available portraits of victims and deportation lists from Mechelen.

EN - ONLINE DATABASE

EN – ONLINE DATABASE

FR – BANQUE D’IMAGES

La banque d’images de Kazerne Dossin contient les portraits de déportés dont nous disposons ainsi que les listes de transport reprenant les noms des personnes parties de Malines

 

FR - BANQUE D'IMAGES

FR – BANQUE D’IMAGES

NL – BEELDBANK

De beeldbank van Kazerne Dossin bevat de beschikbare portretten van de slachtoffers en de lijsten van de transporten die vanuit Mechelen vertrokken.

NL - BEELDBANK

NL – BEELDBANK

International School for Holocaust Studies acquired films

International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem , Jerusalem , Israel - Photo : Yad Vashem

International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem , Jerusalem , Israel – Photo : Yad Vashem

The media collection of Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies acquired this month – July 2016 – the DVDs of two of our documentary films :

1) The 2016 film of the premiere play “Celui Qui M’A Rendu Mon Âme” – the French-spoken adaptation of the play “Who returned my soul… “ originally by Kelly D. Brock – that retells the stories of 10 holocaust survivors – now by students of the Saint-Sépulcre school in Liege , Belgium (Philippe Renette – Centre Scolaire S2J.eu / Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com). Online available and documented via this post CELUI QUI M’A RENDU MON ÂME.

2) The 2012 documentary “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – a film by Karen Lynne & Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg. The attack on this 20th deportation train in Belgium – by three young men – the rescue, and the many escapes and escape attemps are documented in this film by the first-hand accounts of one of the attackers, people that jumped from the train and survivors who returned from Auschwitz. The film is online available and fully documented via this post Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz”.

Link to the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem , Jerusalem , Israel

Justice ! Successful solidarity march for Afghan refugees in Brussels

Justice! Very successful solidarity march by Belgians and Afghans for the Afghan refugees in Brussels , today 2 years ago (20 nov 2013). Many are now regularized.

Belgians and Afghan refugees march for justice – Brussels 20 nov 2013

Justice!  Very successful solidarity march by Belgians and Afghans for the Afghan refugees in Brussels , today 2 years ago (20 nov 2013). Many are now regularized. One of these refugees I know – Kamran – recently got visa for his wife and kids to come to Belgium. He started just days ago a fresh start for his family in Belgium .. and a gofundme campaign for some help for his family — while he himself is helping tonight newcomers in the rainy streets of Brussels.

Video report Afghans & Belgians « We want justice »

Background (together with my NY partner Kristen Cattell) in the Beguinage church in Brussels.

Couture Courage Congo

Couture Courage Congo - Atelier Marcel Hastir 2015

Couture Courage Congo – Atelier Marcel Hastir 2015

Couture Courage Congo – Atelier Marcel Hastir 2015
(FR dessous / below)
The courage of african women
Congolese Fashion Parade « Dignity by creating couture » at the Atelier Marcel Hastir – Brussels – August 3, 2015
For the Young Congolese Women’s Group – DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & the Robert Maistriau Foundation
A short film* by Michel van der Burg

FR
Couture Courage Congo – Atelier Marcel Hastir 2015
Le courage des femmes africaines
Défilé de robes « La dignité par la création couturière » à l’Atelier Marcel Hastir – Bruxelles , 3 août 2015
Pour la « Dynamique de la Jeunesse Féminine Congolaise ASBL » DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & la « Fondation Robert Maistriau ASBL »
Un court-métrage* de Michel van der Burg

Links
Atelier Marcel Hastir
Fondation Robert Maistriau

DJFC in the news

Young Congolese Women’s Group (known by its French acronym, DJFC) / Dynamique de la jeunesse féminine congolaise
Congolese Women Refuse Poverty
Des associations de femmes refusent la pauvreté

Note
* Film version 1 : 2015/08/07 – version 2 : 2015/08/16

Transport XX to Auschwitz – new edition online

April 19, 2015. A new edition of our documentary “Transport XX to Auschwitz” is now publicly available online. This new – 2nd – edition with the YouTube title Transport XX to Auschwitz – current version has the latest statistics on the escapes and other updates available.
Full information on this documentary is posted here on this site.

Either watch this film on YouTube via this link  (click image) :

Transport XX - watch via youtube.com

Transport XX – watch via youtube.com

Or watch the film here in this post below :