Category Archives: holocaust

Embrace


This new work of art ‘Embrace’ was inaugurated today – Friday, October 26 – in Ganshoren , Brussels , Belgium. At the foot of the Basilica Koekelberg, at the beginning of the Van Overbekelaan, the corten steel sculpture was placed last monday and filmed in this panoramic view from the Basilica. This work is a translation of the remarkable friendship between artist Koenraad Tinel and lawyer Simon Gronowski, who both carry a heavy war history with them.
Embrace is a realization of the De Zeyp community center on the occasion of the 40th anniversary, and is part of the Grundtvig project ‘2WARdS-Europe’
Embrace (20181026) artwork panoramic view by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media | michelvanderburg.com

Robert Clary Story World Premiere 13 Nov 2018 in Hollywood , FL

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

World Premiere on November 13, 2018 at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) , in Cinema Paradiso , Hollywood, Florida , USA .

Trailer

The producers of Transport XX to Auschwitz and Defending Holocaust History are proudly bringing to the screen, the inspirational film, From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story, about a Hollywood legend, an internationally known actor, Broadway star, singer, artist, author and Holocaust lecturer.

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 thirteen 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.

The Robert Clary Story – World Premiere – Cinema Paradiso Hollywood , Tuesday , Nov 13, 2018

More at the today updated site of Richard Bloom Productions – http://richardbloomproductions.com – and the FLIFF site at http://www.fliff.com

① memo 20180923 ~ Robert Clary Story World Premiere 13 Nov 2018 in Hollywood , FL

Robert Clary Story at Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival

I have some wonderful news to share today.
Our documentary “From Buchenwald to Hollywood – The Robert Clary Story” will have its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF).
This year the 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will take place November 2 -18.
The festival screens films in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, and the Bahamas and is considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S.
So once we have more information regarding screenings I will post it on my website.

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 produced 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 thirteen members of his family were rounded up in Paris, France and deported by the Nazis to concentration camps. He was the only one of 14 immediate family members 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 Richard Bloom Productions’ documentary : From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story .
More at Richard Bloom Productions http://richardbloomproductions.com

20180919 ~ Robert Clary Story at Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival .

Youra Livschitz , Robert Maistriau, Jean Franklemon


The weekly Yiddish newspaper Der Blatt (Yiddish: דער בּלאַט‎) published last Friday (May 25, ‘18) a 6 pages long article on the 75th anniversary in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium , of the ‘only rescue action against a transport to Auschwitz’ (צודי75יָאר איינציגע רעטונג ַאקציע קעגן “אוישוויץ טרַאנספָּארט”) – the 20th transport.

The three Belgian heroes Youra Livschitz , Robert Maistriau, and Jean Franklemon liberated 17 people during an attack on the cattle car train ‘Transport XX’ – crammed with 1631 Jewish passengers, heading for Auschwitz – and another more than 200 others jumped out also. Portaits in the wind filmed following the 75th anniversary in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium.

① memo 20180528 ~ Youra Livschitz , Robert Maistriau, Jean Franklemon

Tony


Today I learned about Tony Edelstein, when I started reading again in the autobiography ‘Cello met één snaar’ (Cello with one string) of the well known dutch comedian , stage artist, Abraham Bueno de Mesquita – whose comic talents saved his life. Bueno’s ability to even play a one string cello combined with his mimical talents saved him from deportation from the Dossin Barracks (Kazerne Dossin) in Mechelen, Belgium , when the camp commander was looking for musicians. He remained imprisoned for 2 years , working in Kazerne Dossin. His wife Tony , however , was deported right away but escaped from that 20th death train (Transport XX) to Auschwitz – together with her twin sister Adela – near St. Truiden , where she survived the war working for a local general practitioner. Later today , after more research , I recognized Tony (3rd row last portrait on the right) and Adela (2nd row from top , 2nd portrait counting from right to left) on the billboards with passport photos (from the State Archives, Brussels) of the people that escaped from Transport XX – filmed last month following the commemoration of the attack on Transport XX in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium. ① memo 20180516 ~ Tony

Last message Régine Krochmal


Last message (in Dutch) from Régine Krochmal as pronounced posthumously by Kurt Baert (Boortmeerbeek) during the Transport XX commemoration May 13 , 2012 in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium .
Régine Krochmal who in 1943 courageously escaped from the 20th train from Mechelen to Auschwitz – had asked Kurt Baert to deliver her speech , shortly before she died May 11 , 2012 – two days before the commemoration.
Other posts at my michelvanderburg.com site on Régine Krochmal here http://bit.ly/2Gbh5QH
① memo 20180513 ~ Last message Régine Krochmal ~ Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media

Speech

Volgens de weerkunde en de astrologie is de vrolijke lente aangebroken met een pracht aan bloemen, met een adembenemende schoonheid, met een deugddoende warmte en met intense vreugde. Nochtans…
Lang geleden waren er lieden die het leven van andere mensen wilden verwoesten, zowel vrouwen en kinderen als mannen. Zonder onderscheid wilden ze hen meedogenloos onderwerpen.
Bevelen werden uitgevaardigd door monsters die hun ware identiteit en hun bestaan verborgen hielden om aan de macht te kunnen blijven. Monsters die vandaag nog steeds niet uit ons leven zijn verdwenen. Zo werden nog onlangs aan de schoolpoort verscheidene kinderen samen met hun ouders vermoord.
Ik denk terug aan die verschrikkelijke oorlog tijdens de periode 1940 – 1945 die overheerst werd door angst, terrorisme, foltering, moord, valse informatie en onderdrukking van verworven vrijheden.
Die gruwelijke oorlog heeft het leven van miljoenen mensen vernietigd. Maar de vijand slaagde er niet in alle slachtoffers te knechten. Deze monsterlijke duivels hebben hun doelstellingen niet bereikt. Vele vrouwen, mannen en jongelingen, hebben verbeten strijd geleverd voor de vrijheid van hun bestaan.
Robert Maistriau (christen), Youra Livschitz (Jood) en Jean Franklemon (vrijzinnige) hebben de grootsheid van hun daden bewezen. Zonder wapens en zonder bloedvergieten hebben ze de rijkdom van het leven benut die in elke mens aanwezig is.
Ik ben van mening dat ieder van ons die vrede, die vreugde, dat geluk weer kan doen opbloeien zonder oorlog of moordpartijen. We moeten echter waakzaam blijven om de kern van de haat geen kans te bieden zich verder te ontplooien!
We zijn allen geboren met lege handen. En we zullen allen met lege handen terugkeren…. Zowel zij die een geloof of een levensbeschouwing aankleven als zij die zich verbonden voelen met de natuur, met de fauna en flora. We moeten allen trachten onszelf te ontdekken en elkaar te begrijpen als gelijkwaardige en aanvullende wezens.
We kunnen allen bijdragen om van deze wereld weer een haven van vrede, vreugde en liefde te maken en zo de weg te effenen naar ons eigen geluk en dat van onze medemens.
Ik houd eraan de gemeente Boortmeerbeek te danken voor deze herdenking, evenals de heer Burgemeester en alle medewerkers. Aan u allen hier aanwezig zou ik willen vragen vooral niet te vergeten dat de kiem tot ware heldendom zich in ieder van ons bevindt en dat wij er persoonlijk verantwoordelijk voor zijn deze te blijven koesteren.

Régine Krochmal
Brussel – Boortmeerbeek, 13 mei 2012

Text speech thanks to Jan Hertogen http://bit.ly/2KT6aPf