Category Archives: holocaust

PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt

① memo 20180319 ~ PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt ~
Good news ! The community opera PUSH (written by composer Howard Moody) inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski , a boy whose mother pushed him off the ‘Transport XX’ train heading to Auschwitz in 1943 – an action that saved his life and gave the opera its name – is now programmed in Simon’s hometown in March 2019 in the De Munt | La Monnaie opera house of Brussels .

Howard had met Simon, now in his 80s, in Brussels and promised to write an opera based on his life. PUSH tells this story but also deals with much broader themes of persecution.
After the world premiere of PUSH in 2016 in the UK , and a recent second performance in , Howard Moody once again brings together professional musicians and amateur performers – both adults and children – from the UK and Belgium in a unique theatrical experience.

Push! Push!
Push your child off the edge!
My mother gave birth to me twice
Pushing me towards freedom and life

More info / links

PUSH in Brussels 2019

The full film ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz’ is presented online here at this site 

PUSH opera premiere in the UK 2016

Ma vie n’est que miracles. My life is only miracles

A full documentary on Simon’s life , the film Miracles is in production now – more soon on Miracles.Media

The Art Of War – Transport XX

Portraits of 17 people liberated from a cattle car of Transport XX to Auschwitz, 19 April 1943 in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium, by three young men – Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon. Video of a photomontage (still) submitted today for The Art of War exhibition in Kazerne Dossin (BE) by Michel van der Burg


Today ‘Miracles’ is announced : our title for the upcoming documentary on Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel !

Today, also, we announce the birth of the Miracles•Media site and new film house !
Miracles•Media is first and foremost for promotion of the Miracles documentary film, and will further serve as platform and online portfolio of other productions.

Ma vie n’est que de miracles – My life is only miracles – Simon Gronowski.

Esther’s Puzzle

(EN) – English below
(FR) Français au bas

Esther Naschelski leest ons voor uit haar boek ‘Achter de Stilte’* , haar gedicht ‘De puzzel van mijn leven’,  tijdens het publieke optreden van schrijvers in ‘Stemmen In Het Museum’ , in het Kazerne Dossin museum op zondag 3 december 2017 , ter gelegenheid van het 5 jarig bestaan van het holocaust museum (als opvolger van het Joods Museum van Deportatie en Verzet) in Mechelen , België.
① memo 20180127 ~ Esther’s Puzzle ~ Film : Michel van der Burg – |

Esther Naschelski 3 dec 2017, Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen [BE] – Still film ‘Esther’s Puzzle’ (20180127) Michel van der Burg – |

Esther is nog geen drie jaar , wanneer haar ouders in 1942 naar Auschwitz worden gedeporteerd. Ze zullen nooit meer terugkeren. Esther wordt verborgen gehouden en komt na de oorlog in een katholiek gezin terecht. Pas op 65-jarige leeftijd, leert Esther het ware verhaal van haar familie kennen.

Puzzle – Esther Naschelski – Still film ‘Esther’s Puzzle’ (20180127) Michel van der Burg – |

De Puzzel Van Mijn Leven

Mijn leven is een puzzel, een pijnlijke puzzel.
Verspreide stukjes, ergens, ver, ver.
Vergeten stukjes.
Verloren stukjes, weggegooide stukjes, verbrande stukjes.
Puzzels van scheidingen, omdat ik gescheiden werd van mijn lieve ouders.
Puzzels van berovingen, beroofd van mijn lieve ouders, wat het dierbaarste ter wereld is. Puzzels van vernederingen, bastaardkind, verlaten kind.
Puzzels van stilte, want men heeft alles verborgen voor me, gestolen kindertijd.
Ja, een pijnlijke puzzel.

Esther Naschelski reads from her dutch book ‘Achter de Stilte’* (Behind the Silence) , her poem ‘De puzzel van mijn leven’ (The puzzle of my life) , during the writers public event ‘Stemmen in het Museum’ (Voices in the Museum) in the Kazerne Dossin museum , Sunday 3 december 2017 , marking the 5 year anniversary of the holocaust museum and memorial (as successor to the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance) in Mechelen , Belgium.
① memo 20180127 ~ Film : Michel van der Burg – |

Esther is not yet three years old when her parents are deported to Auschwitz in 1942. They will never return. Esther is kept hidden and ends up in a catholic family after the war.
Only at the age of 65, Esther learns the true story of her family.

The Puzzle of My Life

My life is a puzzle, a painful puzzle.
Pieces scattered, somewhere, far, far.
Forgotten pieces.
Lost pieces, discarded pieces, burnt pieces.
Puzzles of separations, because I was separated from my dear parents.
Deprivation puzzles, deprived of my dear parents, which is the most precious in the world. Humiliation puzzles, bastard child, abandoned child.
Silence puzzles, because all was kept hidden for me, childhood stolen.
Yes, a painful puzzle.

Esther Naschelski nous lit un extrait de son livre en néerlandais «Achter de Stilte» (Derrière le silence) , son poème «Le puzzle de ma vie» lors d’un événement public «Les voix dans le musée» au musée Kazerne Dossin, dimanche 3 décembre 2017, marquant le cinquième anniversaire du musée et mémorial de l’holocauste (en succédait au Musée Juif de la Déportation et de la Résistance) à Malines , en Belgique.
① memo 20180127 ~ Film: Michel van der Burg – |

Esther n’a pas encore 3 ans lorsque ses parents sont déportés à Auschwitz en 1942. Ils ne reviendront jamais. Esther est cachée et finit dans une famille catholique après la guerre.
C’est seulement à l’âge de 65 ans qu’Esther apprend l’histoire vraie de sa famille.

Le Puzzle De Ma Vie

Ma vie est un puzzle, un puzzle douloureux.
Des morceaux éparpillés, quelque part, loin, loin.
Des morceaux oubliés.
Des morceaux perdus, des morceaux jetés, des morceaux brûlés.
Des puzzles de séparations, parce que je fus séparée de mes chers parents.
Des puzzles de privations, privée de mes chers parents, ce qui est le plus cher au monde.
Puzzles d’humiliations, enfant bâtard, enfant abandonné.
Puzzles de silence, car on m’a tout caché, enfance volée.
Oui, un puzzle douloureux.


Achter de Stilte – Het verhaal van een verborgen Joods kind – Esther Naschelski & Hans Grietens – ACCO Uitgeverij

Achter de Stilte – Het verhaal van een verborgen Joods kind – Esther Naschelski & Hans Grietens – ACCO Uitgeverij .

1st Sketch Composition Art Of War

A 1st sketch of my photo composition – a train car with (rescued) deportees during the holocaust – for the Art Of War competition by the Kazerne Dossin museum in Mechelen , Belgium – the final work will be a photo after some more rearrangements of the portraits and some more color , light editing (some blending options shown here in this video).  ① memo 20180125 ~ 1st Sketch Composition Art Of War

A different composition ( mvdb20110422_transport-XX ) was first published Jan 27th, 2013 on my site in “We have the right to escape

Message Wall Kazerne Dossin

Posts by kids filmed during last month public weekend event marking the 5 year anniversary of the opening of the Kazerne Dossin museum in Mechelen , Belgium ① memo 20180124

Music in Kazerne Dossin

Child playing the piano on the 4th floor of the Kazerne Dossin museum (with a window on the inner city of Mechelen) one of the events marking the 5 year anniversary of the opening of the museum last month in Mechelen , Belgium ① memo 20180122