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Belgicum – Head & Heart & Hands of Stephan Vanfleteren


Short videonote ten years ago (handhold and zoomed with Sony DSC-T500) during the conversation of the belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren – on his method and photo project Belgicum : the Belgium in his head & heart – with Edie Peters of PhotoQ Live in the SKVR studio , Sunday February 8 , 2009 — during the Weekend of the Photobook organised by the Leiden University Master Photographic Studies , the website PhotoQ, Kunstenaars en Co, and the Nederlands Fotomuseum – a full weekend at two nearby locations, the SKVR BeeldFabriek (art center) and the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam .
① memo 20190202 ~ Belgicum – Head & Heart & Hands of Stephan Vanfleteren ~ Michel van der Burg

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 .

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.