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Speech in Showers ~ Transport XX


It rained April 19th, 1943 – and it rained cats and dogs for a moment during the 2019 commemoration of Transport XX last sunday in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium. ① memo 20190507 ~ Speech in Showers ~ Transport XX

XXth Transport to Auschwitz ~ Marc Michiels & Mark Van den Wijngaert


The present has its past. Presentation of new unique book of a study of Transport XX by author Marc Michiels yesterday during the commemoration of Transport XX – May 5, 2019 in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium.
“Het XXste transport naar Auschwitz” (the XXth transport to Auschwitz) is the 2nd (revised and expanded) edition of this detailed dutch work (ISBN
9789059089808 ) published last month by the two authors Marc Michiels and Mark Van den Wijngaert.

On the night of April 19, 1943 the XXth Transport departs from the Dossinkazerne in Mechelen with 1631 Jewish men, women and children heading for Auschwitz. Armed with one revolver, and a storm lamp covered with red tissue paper, three young men manage to stop the train between Boortmeerbeek and Haacht and free seventeen prisoners.

This rescue operation by George Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon is unique in the history of the Holocaust. Even before the train reaches the Belgian border, more than two hundred prisoners can escape. Some of them are shot, others are arrested again by the Nazis, but most escape the fate that awaits them in Auschwitz.

The book describes the escapes from the XXth Transport, how the transport was put together and what would happen to the vast majority of deportees. The countless testimonies confront the reader with the racial destructiveness of the Nazis and tell how some people barely managed to escape.

Marc is dreaming now of an English and or French translation of his dutch book…

Music by the Crescendo Boortmeerbeek Choir.

① memo 20190506 ~ XXth Transport to Auschwitz ~ Marc Michiels & Mark Van den Wijngaert

Royal Brass Band Albert


Koninklijke Fanfare Albert (Royal Brass Band Albert) during today’s commemoration of Transport XX in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium. ① memo 20190505 ~ Royal Brass Band Albert

Artistic Activism Asylum


Sculpture with barbed wire used in manifestation for regularisation of undocumented migrants found ‘resting’ last weekend in the Brussels Beguinage Church . ① memo 20190312 ~ Artistic Activism Asylum

Brussels Today Ten Years Ago


① memo 20190228 ~ Brussels Today Ten Years Ago ~ Window brasserie Le Pain Quotidien on a street corner in Ixelles – Elsene , Brussels. Today made an interview film in Brussels. Today ten years ago made video in Brussels of a portraits wall what became the ‘TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels’ short film , the start of this work – see https://michelvanderburg.com/2009/04/19/transport-xx-installation-brussels/