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Libérés ~ chanson Didier Jans

Libérés ~ chanson Didier Jans

EN – Music video Libérés features the pre-release of the chanson Libérés (‘Released’) by Didier Jans, on the true story of reconciliation between the ex-deported Jew Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel, child from a Nazi family.
This pre-release of this beautiful french song in this music video Libérés celebrates Simon Gronowski’s 87th birthday today and many years of friendship with Koenraad Tinel !
The chanson “Libérés” (Author: Béatrice Dethy – Music and performance: Didier Jans – Arrangement: Mathieu Caseau) will be part of the album “Remettre à zéro les compteurs” expected for release next december by Didier Jans – site http://www.didierjans.com
Didier Jans told me , ‘I would like to circulate the song in high schools for students who go to visit the concentration camps. Teachers often talk to students aged …’ (my translation).
Imagery by Michel van der Burg – thanks to Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim
Libérés ~ Music video (20181012) by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media | michelvanderburg.com

FR – Le clip Libérés contient la pré-publication de la chanson Libérés de Didier Jans d’après une histoire vécue, celle de la réconciliation entre un ex-déporté juif, Simon Gronowski et celui de Koenraad Tinel, enfant issu d’une famille nazie.
Cette pré-publication de cette belle chanson dans cette vidéo musicale Libérés , célèbre aujourd’hui le 87e anniversaire de Simon Gronowski et ses nombreuses années d’amitié avec Koenraad Tinel !
La chanson “Libérés” (Auteur: Béatrice Dethy – Musique et interprétation: Didier Jans – Arrangeur: Mathieu Caseau) fera partie de l’album “Remettre à zéro les compteurs” dont la sortie est prévue pour décembre prochain – site http: // http://www.didierjans.com/index.html
Didier Jans m’a dit: «”J’aimerais ensuite faire circuler la chanson dans les écoles secondaires pour les étudiants qui partent visiter les camps de concentration. Les professeurs en parlent souvent aux élèves de …” ».
Imagerie de Michel van der Burg – grâce au Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim Libérés ~ Clip (20181012) de Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media

LIBÉRÉS Paroles

Lui sauta du 20ème convoi
Menant par les rails de l’enfer
Sa mère, puis sa sœur, loin là-bas
Dans le brasier des hommes d’Hitler.

Ces nazis lui ont pris les siens,
Voulaient faire de lui un paria.
Il défendra les droits humains,
Au nom des siens sera papa.

L’autre, trop jeune pour adopter
La vision traître de son père,
Verra ses deux frères s’engager
Sous les drapeaux des tortionnaires.

Très petit, il dessinera,
Emprisonné dans son silence,
Par la sculpture, exorcisera
Sa culpabilité immense.

Ces enfants de 9 et 6 ans
Détruits, piétinés par la guerre
Ont du affronter leurs tourments
Et la terreur, en solitaire
Leur vie durant ont traîné
La violence de leur enfance.

Avec les stigmates tatoués
Dans leurs jeun(e)s mémoires innocentes,
Grands-pères, ils se sont rencontrés
Au carrefour de leurs souffrances
Leur passé les a relié
Et allié leurs différences.

Non, jamais ils n’avaient cessé
De remettre tout en question,
D’interroger les faits passés,
Les génocides et leurs raisons.

Que seraient-ils donc devenus,
Quels bourreaux ou quels résistants,
S’ils avaient tous les deux reçu
Un héritage bien différent ?

Ils voulaient vaincre l’ignorance,
Cherchaient à ouvrir leur esprit.
Le respect et la tolérance
Seront plus fort que le mépris.

Témoins de cette barbarie,
Ces ainés, passeurs de mémoire,
Savent qu’au-delà de la folie
Persiste la raison de croire.

Croire à la force du pardon
Et au pouvoir de l’amitié,
Croire que chaque homme peut-être bon
Et tout ennemi réconcilié.

Eux, que tout devait opposer,
Se sont glissés dans l’autre camp,
Cherchant la part d’humanité
Que chacun draine dans son sang.

L’encre de l’espoir dans leurs veines
A dessiné d’autres projets
Changeant la vengeance et la haine
En message d’amour et de paix.
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Hang


Sébastiaan plays his handpan drum on deck of the clipper Wilhelmina last summer in the harbor of the dutch Wadden Sea island Vlieland. (Part of this was published before.).
Filmed with an iPhone X – using the Sennheiser Ambeo headset for recording binaural 3D sound. Best listen with your headphones.
① memo 20181001 ~ Hang

Update Oct 1 22:34  – Just learned from Sébastiaan about a new album “Hangen op Vlieland” recorded that July month … More soon  ..

Poetry Slamming Ellen Deckwitz in Berlin 2013

Ellen Deckwitz poetry slamming about God’s hand in ‘Hij zei we moeten praten …’ on the Side Stage of the Haus Der Berliner Festspiele at the september 2013 International SLAM! Revue by Bas Böttcher & Wolf Hogekamp during the 13.ilb (13th internationales literaturfestival berlin) in Berlin , Germany ① memo 20180929 ~ Poetry Slamming Ellen Deckwitz in Berlin 2013

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

SPLASH in Nanjing Museum ‘Celebrating 20 years of One Minutes’


① memo 20180920 ~ SPLASH in Nanjing Museum ‘Celebrating 20 years of One Minutes’ ~

I have some more wonderful news to share from the press release today by The One Minutes ( http://www.theoneminutes.org/about/press )

My Splash one minute film is part of the 8 hours of One Minute video art , the Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts (AMNUA) presents in the exhibition ‘Ways of Seeing the Future – Creating, engaging and connecting – Celebrating 20 years of One Minutes’ from 26 October until 25 November 2018.

The exhibition takes place in AMNUA’s futuristic Hall03 of 1500 square meters on the top floor of the museum.
Ways of Seeing the Future consists of 20 series curated by, among others, Melanie Bonajo, David Claerbout and Cally Spooner, discussing the topics of today and our near future in video art. The show marks the start of the festivities celebrating The One Minutes’ 20th anniversary in 2019.

»It cannot be ignored that the influence and success The One Minutes have achieved today, both suit and fight the trend of this fast-paced life at the same time.» Chen Rui, Curator Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts

Since 1999, The One Minutes Foundation has produced and distributed one minute videos from an artistic point of view, offering an international stage for people to create, engage and connect. The One Minutes Collection consists of over 10,000 video works by artists from more than 120 countries.

The exhibition consist of 20 series , and Splash is part of the July 2017 serie ‘Enjoy your file, download your life’ , curated by Studio David Claerbout.
Splash video and previous screenings in this previous post https://michelvanderburg.com/2017/06/29/splash/

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 .

Full of Life … Escape from Transport XX


① memo 20180419 ~ Full of Life … Escape from Transport XX ~ Today 75 years ago , that night of April 19th, 1943 in Belgium , Elias Gnazik helped jump the pregnant Isabella Weinreb from the fast moving 20th train heading for Auschwitz. Viviane – meaning ‘full of life’ – was born 6 months later.
Discussion – moderated by Ingrid Vander Veken – of Simone Korkus’ dutch book “Het dienstmeisje van Degrelle” on 15 oktober 2017 in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium.
This new short film (with english captions / partly english spoken) highlights our discussion in that ‘Literary Cafe’ on Oct. 15, 2017 in Kazerne Dossin, of Elias’ rescue of Isabella and Vivian ; it continues with our visit later to the Kazerne Dossin portrait wall (portrait’s of deported people) with Simone Korkus and Jan Maes (the first to point Simone to Hannah’s story) ; and ends with me having a short improvised talk in english with a visitor’s couple .
Film ① memo 20180419 ~ Full of Life ~ Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com | miracles.media

Isabella Weinreb Castegnier was three-months pregnant that night – 75 years ago – on April 19th, 1943 in Belgium – when she froze the moment she had to jump from the fast moving 20th train heading for Auschwitz ( Transport XX to Auschwitz ). The man waiting in line behind her , did not hesitate for a moment , and embracing her from behind , pushed her out – jumping together they both landed in a ditch.

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.

That man saving Isabella and Viviane was Elias Gnazik – we discovered recently in a joint effort – when Simone Korkus had almost finished her book about the life of Elias’ daughter Hannah Gnazik , and contacted me to find out who that woman was that Elias Gnazik helped jump and escape from that cattle car of Transport XX to Auschwitz. For Simone it was a great honor to bring Hannah and Viviane together – the child of the rescuer , and the child of the rescued pregnant woman.
This new story became the epilogue in Simone’s book , written in dutch , called ‘Het Dienstmeisje Van Degrelle’.
During the discussion at the presentation of Simone’s newest book – interviewed by Ingrid Vander Veken – in the Kazerne Dossin museum I asked Simone to tell us something about this spectacular story of the probably youngest that escaped that death train.

Background

Simone Korkus (author , reporter) contacted me via facebook messenger May 2016 asking for information about Mrs Lilly (Wolkenfeld) Schwartz , and telling me Mrs Schwartz had escaped from Transport XX from the same car as Elias Gnazik , the father of Hannah (Gnazik) Nadel.
Simone had actually finished the writing of the story of Hannah (Gnazik) Nadel for her new dutch book “Het dienstmeisje van Degrelle.” but felt she would like to get to know more about Hannah’s father Elias activities in the war.
Mrs Lilly (Wolkenfeld) Schwartz had helped me and Richard from 2011 with our documentary Transport XX to Auschwitz (published 2012, a film by Karen Lynne & Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg). Mrs Schwartz, unfortunately, had passed away in 2014 .
However , I could help Simone with the story of Mrs Schwartz’s friend Isabella – who had escaped too , right after Mrs Schwartz’s jumped from that car – while being pregnant – with a baby born 6 months after that escape, and named Viviane , meaning ‘full of life’ !
That miraculous story I had first worked on and published together with Viviane in 2014.
Further research by Simone , with the help of Viviane and the researchers of Kazerne Dossin, let Simone to the insight that Isabella had been that pregnant woman Elias Gnazik had helped jumping , and he thus , too had saved Viviane’s life !
Simone Korkus details this beautiful finding and miraculous story in a final chapter – the Epilogue – of her new book , the research , findings , conclusion and her witnessing the emotional meeting of the daughters of the rescuer and rescued in Ramat Gan , Israel.

Sources / links

Viviane Castegnier Yarom & Michel van der Burg (2014) Escape from Transport XX – to be born 6 months later – Viviane’s story.
Michel van der Burg online publication (michelvanderburg.com) link https://wp.me/p14gqN-nq

Simone Korkus (2017) “Het dienstmeisje van Degrelle. Hoe Hannah Nadel de oorlog overleefde” Paperback ISBN 978-94-6310-093-9 / E-book ISBN 978-94-6310-300-8
Polis publisher – fragment online – https://issuu.com/uitgeverijpolis/docs/preview_het_dienstmeisje_van_degrel

Book presentation – On Oct. 15th , 2017 , Simone Korkus presented her book in Kazerne Dossin , in a ‘Literary Cafe’ conversation with colleague author Ingrid Vander Veken. I published a full video report of that conversation Nov 4, 2017 . All in dutch. Het Dienstmeisje Van Degrelle – Presentatie – link https://wp.me/p14gqN-nhp

Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” (2012) A film by Karen Lynne & Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg https://wp.me/p14gqN-hA

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