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April 19, 1943 Attack | 20210419


April 19, 1943 Attack | 20210419 | 1-memo•com
The 78th anniversary of the unique rescue action against a transport to Auschwitz (צודי78יָאר איינציגע רעטונג ַאקציע קעגן “אוישוויץ טרַאנספָּארט”) – the 20th transport near Boortmeerbeek in Belgium.

The three young Belgian heroes Youra Livschitz , Robert Maistriau, and Jean Franklemon liberated 17 people during an attack on the cattle car train ‘Transport XX’ – crammed with 1631 Jewish passengers, heading for Auschwitz – and another more than 200 others jumped out also.

Filmed in Boortmeerbeek, 2011 – reflection in passing train of the portraits of the people that jumped from Transport XX. Sound captured later in 2011 in Holland.

TAGS #attack #escape #Auschwitz #1Memo #MiraclesMedia #michelvanderburg #Belgium #Boortmeerbeek #TransportXX #deportation #rescue #resistance #train #steam #whistle #1minute

Best of 2020 Award for Richard Bloom Productions | 20210207


Best of 2020 Award for Richard Bloom Productions | 20210207 | michelvanderburg•com | Miracles•Media
Richard Bloom Productions (richardbloomproductions•com) has been selected for the 2020 Best of Palm Beach Gardens Award in the Motion Picture & Video Production category.
Past year the views tripled to over 100K for documentary Transport XX to Auschwitz!
Our newest shoah documentary , the truly inspiring film about the Hollywood legend Robert Clary – From Buchenwald to Hollywood, the Robert Clary Story – had a world premiere in Hollywood FL and is available for watching in the holocaust centers Yad Vashem, USHMM Steven Spielberg Division, Simon Wiesenthal Center , the USC Shoah Foundation and is available for Jewish and other film festivals as well as holocaust education programs. The Robert Clary Story is not fully online yet …
TAGS #RichardBloom #documentary #award #1Memo #michelvanderburg #MiraclesMedia #MotionPicture #PalmBeach #PalmBeachGardens #Florida #documentary #holocaust #resistance #survivor #TransportXX #SimonGronowski #RobertClary #Hollywood #deportation #train #attack #RegineKrochmal #escape #YouraLivschitz #JeanFranklemon #RobertMaistriau #Auschwitz #Buchenwald #Brussels #Mechelen #KazerneDossin #shoah

Resistance Nest Marcel Hastir | 20210206


Resistance Nest Marcel Hastir | 20210206 | 1-memo•com
In this atelier of Marcel Hastir in Brussels – a nest of resistance – the final plan was made for their attack 19 April 1943 on the deportation train Transport XX to Auschwitz by these young men Youra Livschitz , Jean Franklemon, and Robert Maistriau. Resistance fighter Régine Krochmal – postwar portrait on the left – escaped from that train. Filmed February 2020 in Atelier Marcel Hastir, Brussels, Belgium.
TAGS #resistance #deportation #Auschwitz #1Memo #michelvanderburg #TransportXX #Auschwitz #Belgium #Brussels #Boortmeerbeek #deportation #holocaust #train #attack #RegineKrochmal #escape #KazerneDossin #YouraLivschitz #JeanFranklemon #RobertMaistriau #Atelier #MarcelHastir #resistance #holocaust #war

I am not at war | KONTRARIE


‘I am not at war’ performed by solidarity choir KONTRARIE at the 20th commemoration of Transport XX on 21 April 2013 in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium. Theme this 20th commemoration : “In the track of Transport XX after 70 years”. Dutch: 20e herdenking – “In het spoor van Transport XX na 70 jaar”.

With a roaring special contribution by a helicopter 😉

I am not at war with anyone
I am not at war with anyone
Go away warplanes
You bring fear and shame
I am not at war with anyone

I give my love to Iraq, and to America
I give my love to Israel, and to Palestine
We could live as one
Between the sea and sun
I am not at war with anyone

I don’t need to be friends with everyone
But I’d like to live in peace with everyone
This rush to war is wrong
And so I sing this song
I am not at war with anyone
I am not at war with anyone

I am not at war with anyone
I am not at war with anyone
Go away warplanes
You bring fear and shame
I am not at war with anyone
I am not at war with anyone

I am not at war ~ Performance : April 21, 2013 by Strijdkoor KONTRARIE | kontrarie.be ~ Words and Music: Luka Bloom ~ Music Adaptation: Luc Wynants (conductor KONTRARIE) ~ Film : 20201130 Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

Opera PUSH – online via OperaVision

PUSH opera at La Monnaie Opera House in Brussels – Online via OperaVision

OperaVision

Today , 7 August 2020, the Brussels’ PUSH opera recorded March 13, 2019 at La Monnaie Opera House has been made available online for the next 6 months (until 5 Feb. 2021) with subtitles in English, French and Dutch and with the option of auto-translation into over 100 other languages via the OperaVision platform – portal of the Opera Europa, European association of opera companies and festivals. http://operavision.eu/en

PUSH made its world première on Saturday 1 October 2016 at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea (UK). This powerfull inspirational community opera was specially commisioned from Howard Moody (composer , conductor, musical director) by Battle Festival (Sally Lampitt, festival director and producer, and Dave Furness, chairman) for Battle Festival 2016 and the ROOT 1066 International Festival in partnership with Glyndebourne and the De La Warr Pavilion. Simon Gronowski attended the premiere.

The opera is inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski, whose mother pushed him off a train heading to Auschwitz in 1943 – an action that saved his life and gave the opera its name.

Howard Moody first met Simon Gronowski at a performance of his opera Sindbad in 2014 at La Monnaie Opera House in Brussels. Simon told the Howard the story of his escape and life and ended with the phrase “Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles !”. Moody was so moved he promised that night to write his next opera about Simon.

Howard’s opera PUSH tells the story of Simon’s escape from the 20th Convoy Train on April 19, 1943 – how his mother pushed Simon off the train – and the recent story of Simon meeting and forgiving his former camp guard of deportation camp Mechelen , some years ago.

PUSH was directed by Simon Iorio in Bexhill and later that month at the nearby St Mary’s Church in Battle , and performed by the PUSH orchestra , the Battle Festival Community Choir and PUSH singers — a cast made up of singers of all abilities from Battle and the surrounding area — children, teenagers and adults were resistance fighters, collaborators and prisoners — while three professional soloists played the roles of Simon (James Newby), Simon’s Sister (Tereza Gevorgyan) and the Guard (Matthew Stiff).

PUSH tells Simon’s story but also deals with much broader themes of persecution — a story of our times, full of themes of hope and togetherness, separation, and fear.

‘The moment that got me every time was when Simon’s sister makes her final appearance, soaring over a heart-wrenching klezmer-y tune.’ — ‘tomatopips’ ( https://tomatopips.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/ma-vie-nest-que-miracles/ )

The PUSH community opera was next performed in the UK in Salisbury and Chichester (2018), and with a special performance to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2019 at the Speaker’s House in Westminster, London (hosted by The House of Commons, Chichester MP Gillian Keegan) that was attended by leaders in the Jewish community along with members from both houses of Parliament.

March 2019 PUSH premiered in Simon Gronowski’s hometown , in Brussels at La Monnaie Opera House and was performed in the presence of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Simon Gronowski and family. Director of the Brussels’ performance was Benoît De Leersnyder and Howard was conductor of La Monnaie’s Chamber Music Ensemble with a mixed youth and adult Chorus / La Monnaie’s Children’s and Youth Chorus. Soloists were James Newby (Simon), Sheva Tehoval (Simon’s sister) , Ivan Ludlow (Guard) and Felix Cooper / Thylan Aerts / Milo Avalosse / Djurre Diels (Young Simon). Lighting designer was Ace McCarron. Sets & Costumes by Emilie Lauwers and both Emilie Lauwers & Simon Van Rompay did the Video work.

PUSH Opera – Finale with giant choir – Lockdown 2020 🇧🇪 🇬🇧

Finally, during the lockdown 2020, singers from all four casts of the previous productions in Belgium and UK – Bexhill, Battle, Salisbury, Chichester, London and Brussels – recorded their parts to create a virtual giant choir of over 150 opera singers.
The film ‘My life is only miracles’ – the finale of Howard Moody‘s opera PUSH – was edited by Shogo Hino – with additional work by Michel van der Burg , Miracles.Media – and released online the night of April 19th 2020 to mark the 77th anniversary of protagonist Simon Gronowski’s escape from the death train Transport XX to Auschwitz. That night more than 200 prisoners escaped from the train before the German border after three Brussels resistance heroes stopped that Nazi train Transport XX, transporting 1600 Jewish deportees to Auschwitz.

Link : https://youtu.be/-sm1rI-j5iE

Following the online premiere of this virtual performance of Howard Moody’s PUSH finale that was created during lockdown , the La Monnaie Opera House too made available temporarily last April for screening online the entire opera of PUSH, performed in March 2019 in Brussels.

OperaVision featuring PUSH online

Today , 7 August 2020, the Brussels’ PUSH opera recorded March 13, 2019 has been made available online for the next 6 months (until 5 Feb. 2021) with subtitles in English, French and Dutch and with the option of auto-translation into over 100 other languages via the OperaVision platform – portal of the Opera Europa, European association of opera companies and festivals. http://operavision.eu/en

OperaVision is showing both :
– Push — Finale with virtual chorus , screening a copy from the operavision youtube channel. link http://operavision.eu/en/library/ausschnitte/push-finale

– Push: Jumping into life . The story behind the opera. link http://operavision.eu/en/library/feuilleton/push-jumping-life

– Push. The opera as recorded March 13, 2019. link http://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/push-la-monnaie

Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz”

Online free full documentary with Simon Gronowski , link https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/

Interview with with Sue Kent and Howard Moody

Interview with with Sue Kent and Howard Moody. By Wiltshire Creative , April 2020
This Big Interview is with composer Howard Moody and Sue Kent, founder member of Salisbury Arts Centre and general manager of La Folia. They are in conversation with Wiltshire Creative’s Take Part Director, Louise Dancy.
link https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=565415244109794

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Opera PUSH – online via OperaVision 2020-2021

Push. The opera as recorded March 13, 2019 , La Monnai, Brussels. link http://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/push-la-monnaie

Las micro-óperas digitales creadas durante el confinamiento llegan a OperaVision – Ópera Actual , Aug 2, 2020 by Lourdes Morgades
link https://www.operaactual.com/noticia/las-micro-operas-digitales-creadas-durante-el-confinamiento-llegan-a-operavision/

Virtual Opera PUSH Finale – Lockdown April 2020

Virtual Opera PUSH Epilogue ~ Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles by Michel van der Burg
link https://michelvanderburg.com/2020/04/19/virtual-opera-push-epilogue-ma-vie-nest-que-miracles/

Cross-border chorus recalls incredible bravery of 20th Convoy escape – The Bulletin 19/04/2020 -Written by Sally Tipper (Flanders Today)
https://www.thebulletin.be/cross-border-chorus-recalls-incredible-bravery-20th-convoy-escape

Opera Stars Will Join Forces to Perform the Finale of PUSH; Video to Debut April 18
by BWW News Desk Apr. 16, 2020
link https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/Opera-Stars-Will-Join-Forces-to-Perform-the-Finale-of-PUSH-Video-to-Debut-April-18-20200416

Chichester and Bexhill singers join online commemoration of Belgian Resistance heroism – Mid Sussex Times by Phil Hewitt
Wednesday, 22nd April 2020
link https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/chichester-and-bexhill-singers-join-online-commemoration-belgian-resistance-heroism-2543751

PUSH in Brussels 2019

Push. The opera as recorded March 13, 2019 , La Monnai, Brussels. link http://operavision.eu/en/library/performances/operas/push-la-monnaie

Ateliers Monnaie PUSH
https://michelvanderburg.com/2020/04/18/ateliers-monnaie-push/

PUSH by Emilie Lauwers
link https://www.emilielauwers.be/PUSH

PUSH | Wat een push met je leven kan doen
link https://www.cultuurkuur.be/project/push-wat-een-push-met-je-leven-kan-doen-0

Battle Festival – World premiere 2016 

PUSH Opera – Bexhill | Battle Festival 2016
PUSH Opera – Live recording of the world premiere on 1 October 2016 at the De La Warr Pavilion – Music and libretto by Howard Moody – Commissioned by Battle Festival
online link https://vimeo.com/199353255

PUSH for tolerance and togetherness in landmark opera – Hastings & St Leonards Observer By The Newsroom, Friday, 1st July 2016
https://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/push-tolerance-and-togetherness-landmark-opera-1224957

BBC News – Opera PUSH tells how a young boy escaped Auschwitz horror
link https://michelvanderburg.com/2016/10/07/bbc-news-opera-push-tells-how-a-young-boy-escaped-auschwitz-horror/

Last Performance Of PUSH Opera – by Heidi Foster – October 13, 2016 RYE | NEWS
link https://www.ryenews.org.uk/culture/last-performance-push-opera

Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles – by tomatopips.wordpress , February 4, 2017
link https://tomatopips.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/ma-vie-nest-que-miracles/

Boortmeerbeek Station


Boortmeerbeek Station ~ Transport XX commemoration May 15, 2011 in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium. Film : 20200512 Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Régine Krochmal ~ tribute


NL – nederlands hieronder / dutch below

EN  – Régine Krochmal ~ May 11, 2012 tribute to a courageous resistance fighter.
Régine Krochmal, who in 1943 courageously escaped from the 20th train from Mechelen to Auschwitz, died May 11, 2012 in Brussels.
That day I made and published a short compilation of images of Régine that I had filmed a year earlier at the Transport XX commemoration in Boortmeerbeek May 15, 2011. ( https://youtu.be/L0Q76tNOLFA at my obsolete channel iClip).
Today May 11, 2020 – 8 years later – I made this remake with improved sound , image , a larger format, and an additional ‘thank you’ from Régine.

Credits
Régine Krochmal
Thanks to friends in Boortmeerbeek.
Remake of May 11, 2012 film ‘Régine Krochmal – a tribute’ filmed May 15, 2011 at the Transport XX commemoration in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium.
Music : Last Post by trumpet player Freddy Verschuren.
Film : Régine Krochmal (20200511 – 20200512) Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Speech  (translated from dutch)

Never forget that nothing is so powerful as life!
Life gives us gifts continually:
our heart to love – our soul to find true joy – and our conscience to increase our joy, by flexibility of our heart.
Each of us should let his inner wealth flourish.
Like Robert Maistriau, Youra Livschitz and Jean Franklemon have done.
For which we are grateful to them, to this day.

Merci…

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Update 20200512 : correction – added Last Post in film remake (20200511).

 

NL – Régine Krochmal ~ 11 mei 2012 eerbetoon aan een moedige verzetsstrijdster.
Régine Krochmal, die in 1943 moedig ontsnapte uit de 20e trein van Mechelen naar Auschwitz, stierf op 11 mei 2012 in Brussel.
Die dag maakte en publiceerde ik een korte compilatie van beelden van Régine die ik een jaar eerder had gefilmd bij de herdenking van Transport XX in Boortmeerbeek op 15 mei 2011. (https://youtu.be/L0Q76tNOLFA op mijn verouderde kanaal iClip).
Vandaag 11 mei 2020 – 8 jaar later – heb ik deze remake gemaakt met verbeterd geluid, beeld, een groter formaat en een extra bedankje van Régine.

Credits
Régine Krochmal
Met dank aan vrienden in Boortmeerbeek.
Remake van 11 mei 2012 film ‘Régine Krochmal – een eerbetoon’, gefilmd op 15 mei 2011 bij de herdenking van Transport XX in Boortmeerbeek, België.
Muziek: Last Post van trompettist Freddy Verschuren.
Film: Régine Krochmal (20200511 – 20200512) Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Speech (originele tekst)

We mogen echter nooit vergeten, dat niets zo sterk is als het leven.
Het leven geeft ons voortdurend geschenken: ons hart om te beminnen – onze ziel om de echte vreugde te vinden – ons geweten om onze vreugde te vergroten, door de soepelheid van ons hart.
Iedere mens moet zijn innerlijke rijkdom, laten openbloeien.
Zoals Robert Maistriau, Youra Livschitz en Jean Franklemon gedaan hebben.
Waarvoor we hen, tot op vandaag dankbaar zijn.

Nieuws

Update 20200512 : correctie – Last Post nu ook in film remake (20200511).