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Viviane’s Story ebook


Coming soon , the free ebooklet Viviane’s Story by Viviane Yarom-Castegnier & Michel van der Burg from Miracles.Media (publisher).
Viviane escaped 75 years ago in the womb of her pregnant mother from the Twentieth Train to Auschwitz.
Isabella Weinreb Castegnier was three-months pregnant that night of the 19th April 1943 in Belgium, when she jumped from the fast moving 20th Train heading for Auschwitz. Isabella escaped with a broken wrist and bruises all over her body, but otherwise without major injuries. Her daughter Viviane – meaning “full of life”, and named so for her will to live and hold tight in her mother’s womb – was born six months later on October 30, 1943.
More on Viviane’s story here in “Escape from Transport XX – to be born 6 months later – Viviane’s story” : https://michelvanderburg.com/2014/04/28/escape-from-transport-xx-to-be-born-6-months-later/ Music : Ameet Kanon singing Ve’Ulai (“And Perhaps”) a capella.
Film ① memo 20190127 ~ Viviane’s Story ebook ~ by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media

En Route Transport XX Stop Kuttekoven


Short clip 7 years ago during reportage Jan 16 , 2012 – en route the former track of Transport XX to Auschwitz , looking for the actual site Simon Gronowski jumped from that death train , a moment before the train stopped near that little town of Kuttekoven , Belgium – together with Simon Gronowski and our friends : partisan Max De Vries who then had just turned 98 years old († 2014), Béatrice, and Marc Van Roosbroeck (vzw ‘de werkgroep 10 december 2008’) . ① memo 20190116 ~ En Route Transport XX Stop Kuttekoven .

Igls New Year’s Concert – Unterinntaler Volksmusikanten


Impression of the New Year’s concert by the five ‘Unterinntaler Volksmusikanten’ folk musicians today 10 years ago – 2 Jan 2009 – featuring the ocarina (Okarina) , hammered dulcimer (Hackbrett), harmonika (accordion), harp, contrabass and more … in the Haus des Gastes Igls , Innsbruck, Tirol , Austria.
Film ① memo 20190102 ~ Igls New Year’s Concert – Unterinntaler Volksmusikanten ~ Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com

Midwinter Light


Film collage with music by Brazilian pianist Luis Sarro, ‘Prelude in B minor, based in BWV 855a’ thanks to a cc-pd license by Musopen Inc. ① memo 20181222 ~ Midwinter Light ~ Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com

I Have a Message for You – Matan Rochlitz


Beautiful short doc with Claire Prowizur-Szyper aka Klara .
To escape Auschwitz, she left her father in the 20th convoy ‘Transport XX’ to die.

Decades later, she got a message from him :

“I Have a Message for You” By filmmaker Matan Rochlitz ( site https://www.matan-rochlitz.net ).

Last year Kazerne Dossin screened the doc during the public weekend (together with the short documentary “Lon” by Nina Landau – see post https://michelvanderburg.com/2017/11/25/lons-world-premiere/ ) .

Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz”
More on Claire Prowizur-Szyper’s escape , leaving her father, in documentary Transport XX to Auschwitz :

“In yet another car, Claire Prowizur
makes the heart wrenching decision
to leave her critically
ill and unconscious father
and leaps to freedom with
her husband Philippe Szyper.”

Watch on youtube https://youtu.be/CgE7x4qwQZs
Or visit the post at https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/ )

Ferdinand Popleu’s Poppy


① memo 20181215 ~ Ferdinand Popleu’s Poppy ~ (EN below) Ferdinand Popleu – Voorzitter N.S.B. Oud-strijdersbond Boortmeerbeek – is afgelopen zaterdag 8 december overleden op 94-jarige leeftijd.
Hier een korte film als eerbetoon aan Ferdinand , van onze laatste ontmoeting in April tijdens de Transport XX herdenking in Boortmeerbeek , België – met Ferdinand Popleu – pleitbezorger van respect voor de vrede – trots op zijn geliefde medailles en Vlaamse klaproos – ‘bloed van de soldaten … klaproos’ leerde hij mij.
Vandaag nemen familie en vrienden afscheid van Ferdinand Popleu , en krijgt hij zijn laatste rustplaats op het oudstrijdersperk van de begraafplaats in Boortmeerbeek.

EN
Ferdinand Popleu – Chairman of the Boortmeerbeek N.S.B. – National Veterans of Belgium Association – died last Saturday, December 8th, at the age of 94.
Here my short film tribute to Ferdinand , of our last meeting April this year at the Transport XX commemoration in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium – with Ferdinand Popleu – advocate for respect for peace – proudly wearing his cherished medals and Flanders poppy – ‘bloed van de soldaten … klaproos’ he told me : soldier’s blood , poppy …
Today Family and friends say final goodbye to Ferdinand Popleu – he gets his final resting place at the veterans field of the cemetery in Boortmeerbeek.

The Correspondent is a thing !


① memo 20181214 ~ The Correspondent is a thing ! ~ The Correspondent goes global now – 5 years after the dutch news platform ‘De Correspondent’ launched in 2013 with a crowdfunding effort.
The success story of ad-free journalism in Holland … the news organization with a direct connection to readers , the members , now starts to replicate worldwide , with headquarters in the U.S.
The site’s readers or members are a critical part in the ad-free journalism that gets done . Not just because members fund it with their subscriptions, but because interacting with them throughout the process of writing a story is a key part of what The Correspondent does.

Yesterday , after just 1 month , the global crowfunding campaign raised the required $ 2.5 million dollar with the help of over 40,000 founding members , it’s readers from all over the world.

The Correspondent ‘s 10 Founding Principles

We are your antidote to the daily news grind

We do not take ad dollars of any kind

We fight stereotypes, prejudice, and fearmongering

We don’t just cover the problem, but also what can be done about it

We collaborate with you, our knowledgeable members

We don’t take the view from nowhere. We tell you where we’re coming from

We protect your privacy, by minimizing the personal data we collect

We want to be as inclusive as possible

We always put journalism before financial gain

We believe in transparency and continued self-improvement

Yesterday , some minutes before midnight in Holland , the $ 2.5 million dollar was raised , and I posted a screen recording of the fact before midnight. here the link https://youtu.be/rCMM-FqWsSU
I felt that little film needed some more editing – so , here is that final cut … and more news and background via the links below :

The Correspondent
https://thecorrespondent.com

Columbia Journalism Review
https://www.cjr.org/analysis/de-correspondent-funding-omidyar.php

The Daily Show | Jay Rosen – Creating a Space for Ad-Free Journalism with The Correspondent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzNCOW_DEPU

The dutch De Correspondent
https://decorrespondent.nl

Dutch NRC newspaper
https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2018/12/13/geen-waan-van-de-dag-geen-clickbait-a3060642