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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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Miracles


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.

Splash selected for Reykjavík International Film Festival


The “Splash” one minute film is selected for the Reykjavík International Film Festival to be held 28 September – 8 October in Reykjavík , Iceland.

Reykjavík International Film Festival , 28 Sep – 8 Oct 2017

 

2017 RIFF Program

“Splash” will be shown at the festival in The One Minutes Series “Enjoy your file, download your life” curated by Studio David Claerbout.

More info on Splash at this site here in a previous post.

Link to the Press Release by The One Minutes

RIFF AROUND TOWN

One minute films in collaboration with The One Minutes Institute in the Netherlands and shorts will be screened around Reykjavík during the RIFF festival.

Settela 1′


One minute slow-motion of the moment the 9-year-old Settela Steinbach peeks outside in the cattle car door opening on the Westerbork death train bound for Auschwitz – May 19 , 1944 . ① memo 20170725 Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com
( unbranded version of video added today to the archives of The One Minutes / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision )

Splash


① memo 20170629 ~ Splash ~ June 29 , 2017 , Antwerp , Belgium – Premiere today of this one minute film “Splash” in The One Minutes Series of July 2017 called “Enjoy your file, download your life” curated by Studio David Claerbout and hosted by both The One Minutes , De Imagerie , and Het Bos in Antwerp , Belgium
“Splash” was made August 1, 2016 and added that day to the archive of The One Minutes.
[ Note : another copy of this 1 minute with a different soundtrack , called “Crossing” , was archived that same day by The One Minutes ]
The footage was shot September 26 , 2015 in the Greek Aegean Sea in the aftermath of storms across the Mediterranean that brought apocalyptical flash floods and torrential rainfall in nearby places.

Link –   http://theoneminutes.org/series/enjoy-your-file-download-your-life

Watch on Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/223534854

 

PREMIERE
‘Enjoy your file, download your life’ will premiere 29 June at Het Bos, Antwerp (BE).

PRESS release 13 June 2017 – Het Bos premieres One Minutes curated by Studio David Claerbout

SCREENINGS

The “Splash” one minute film is selected for the Reykjavík International Film Festival to be held 28 September – 8 October 2017 in Reykjavík , Iceland.

RIFF

Reykjavík International Film Festival , 28 Sep – 8 Oct 2017

In July 2017 , the series will tour museums and cultural organisations with a subscription to The One Minutes Series.

Het Bos, Antwerpen (BE), 29 June 8:30 pm
Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL), 13 July 6 pm
Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (NL)
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL)
Dortmunder U (DE)
East China Normal University, Shanghai (CN)
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam (NL)
Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (NL)
Museum Hilversum (NL)
Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL)
De School, Amsterdam (NL)
WOW, Amsterdam (NL)

THE ONE MINUTES SERIES

The One Minutes Series of July –  Enjoy your file, download your life – curated by Studio David Claerbout

NOTES

Sep 19 , 2017 update : Splash is selected for   2017Reykjavík International Film Festival (IS)
Press release by The One Minutes

BBC News – Opera PUSH tells how a young boy escaped Auschwitz horror

transport-xx-to-auschwitz-scene-chana-and-ita-gronowski

BBC News – 2 October 2016 – now with online video (click image above)

How a young boy escaped Auschwitz horror

A new opera tells the story of how 11-year-old Simon Gronowski escaped incarceration in Auschwitz in 1943, after being pushed from the train transporting the family to the camp by his mother.

NOTES
1) Source of this BBC film poster image – of Simon’s mother Chana (Kaplan) Gronowski, and his sister Ita – is our doco Transport XX to Auschwitz –  available online via Richard Bloom’s youtube channel.
More info on this film is posted at this site in this post : Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz

2) Below more on PUSH in a post published February 4 , 2017  by one of the participants ‘Pippa’  (found online January 30 , 2018)

Ma vie n’est que miracles

Que Siga el Calor – Samuel Truzman & Simon Lapscher

① memo 20160505 ~ Que Siga el Calor – Samuel Truzman & Simon Lapscher

In loving memory of those who lived, and those who live …
An original song by Samuel Truzman , Simon Lapscher, and Moshe Bitton …
With the film of portraits from “Transport XX Face To Face” by Michel van der Burg – matched to the song …
A special co-production for Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

With subtitles : Spanish & English subtitles if you turn on CC.

Comment by Samuel Truzman :
“Esta canción la escribimos cuando teníamos 16 años, con unos amigos con los que tenía una banda que se llamaba So Seven. La fuerza y el impacto de la canción y el sentimiento es el mismo, nunca olvidar.
Escrita por: Simon Lapscher, Bimbi y yo.”

English translation of Samuel’s comment (by me):
“This song we wrote when we were 16 years with some friends that had a band called So Seven. The strength and impact of the song and the feeling is the same, never forget.
Written by: Simon Lapscher, Bimbi and Samuel Truzman.”

Lyrics:
Incierta la vida, la realidad.
Una vez más pierde su integridad.
Estabas sentado en la cama de nana pensabas salir a jugar.
¿Cuándo tendrás edad para aprender a morir?
¿Cómo entender que allí muere su infancia?
Hombres extraños se llevan a papá.
No encuentras la luz.
Baja el sol, y tu sediento dentro de un vagón y vas perdiendo la ilusión, ya no te cubre la gracia.
Alza su voz, está impaciente.
¿Porqué el conductor que mueve al tren no advirtió, que era el tren de la muerte?
Así lamentable es la humanidad, ella se esconde la verdad.
Pero aquel niño que ni pudo comenzar pudo ser el capitán de este barco que no sabe navegar.
Yo, tú, él, fuimos todos errantes al andar.
La muerte del judío se proclamó, el reía sin compasión, el grito de aquel niño nos quemó, que siga el calor.

La muerte del judío se proclamó, el reía sin compasión, el grito de aquel niño nos quemó, que siga el calor.
Incierta la vida, la realidad.

Lyrics Translation :
Uncertain life, reality.
Once again loses its integrity.
You were sitting on nana’s bed thinking about going out to play.
When will you be old enough to learn how to die?
How to understand that here is where his childhood dies?
Strange men are taking Dad away.
And you can’t find the light.
The sun goes down, and you’re thirsty inside a wagon, you’re starting to lose your illusion.
Grace no longer covers you.
She raises her voice, and is impatient.
Because the train’s driver did not warn her that she was on the death train?
So pitiful is humanity, she hides the truth.
But that child who was not given a start, could have been the captain of this ship that knows not how to navigate.
Me, you, him, we are all wanderers in our walk.
The death of the jew was proclaimed, and he was laughing mercilessly.
The cry of that child burned us, let the heat continue.

The death of the jew was proclaimed, and he was laughing mercilessly.
The cry of that child burned us, let the heat continue.
Uncertain life, reality.

More info on TRANSPORT XX

Post and original 2009 film version : TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels

Newer film versions (with description at the Vimeo site) :
Transport XX – face to face
Transport XX – face to face (2012)

A special 1 minute film “Transport XX face to face” was selected in 2010 by The One Minutes and the dutch Museum of National History (innl) for the ‘Where history starts’ event on Nov 28th, 2010 in Paradiso, Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz