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Heroic Hands


① memo 20170427 ~ Heroic Hands ~ Friend , as you pass by , Honour these hands whose heroic gesture saved those whom the forces of evil had destined for hell .
This corten steel work of Etienne Desmet is a tribute to the heroic attack in Boortmeerbeek by the three young men Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon , on the ‘Transport XX’ deportation train – a cattle car train crammed with 1631 Jewish passengers, heading for Auschwitz. They were able to open one of the cattle cars and liberated 17 men and women. Another more than 200 prisoners escape from the train before the German border. The story is told in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/
Filmed last Sunday at the Transport XX commemoration April 23 , 2017 in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium

L’Atelier


① memo 20170131 ~ L’Atelier ~ Short personal impression of last year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Atelier Marcel Hastir. ‘L’Atelier’ hosted the special screening (and Belgium premiere) of the documentary “Transport XX to Auschwitz” Jan 31, 2015 – Brussels, Belgium

History One Minutes In Paradiso

November 28, 2010 (tonight 6 years ago) the Dutch Museum of National History and The One Minutes presented a selection of videos about Dutch History (and personal history of dutch) at the festival “Waar Geschiedenis Begint” (Where history starts) in Paradiso, Amsterdam.

Artists and art students were asked to make a one minute video about where history starts. Special host is artist and theater director Steven de Jong.

This short doc shows the premiere of the 1 minute film “Transport XX – face to face” ( full details here at michelvanderburg.com ) and screening (full or partially) of some others including “Aap Noot Mies” ( by Barry van der Rijt – barryvanderrijt.com – here at The One Minutes Vimeo  )

International School for Holocaust Studies acquired films

International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem , Jerusalem , Israel - Photo : Yad Vashem

International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem , Jerusalem , Israel – Photo : Yad Vashem

The media collection of Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies acquired this month – July 2016 – the DVDs of two of our documentary films :

1) The 2016 film of the premiere play “Celui Qui M’A Rendu Mon Âme” – the French-spoken adaptation of the play “Who returned my soul… “ originally by Kelly D. Brock – that retells the stories of 10 holocaust survivors – now by students of the Saint-Sépulcre school in Liege , Belgium (Philippe Renette – Centre Scolaire S2J.eu / Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com). Online available and documented via this post CELUI QUI M’A RENDU MON ÂME.

2) The 2012 documentary “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – a film by Karen Lynne & Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg. The attack on this 20th deportation train in Belgium – by three young men – the rescue, and the many escapes and escape attemps are documented in this film by the first-hand accounts of one of the attackers, people that jumped from the train and survivors who returned from Auschwitz. The film is online available and fully documented via this post Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz”.

Link to the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem , Jerusalem , Israel

Béguinage Refugees Into The Wild

Béguinage Refugees Into The Wild ~ Posters in the Brussels streets of Afghan refugees living in the Brussels Béguinage church in 2014. Portraits by Chiara Ravano (Antwerp) for the Inside Out project “Justice for afghan refugees in Belgium” (Olivier Bonny, Salon Mommen) in the front of the Salon Mommen, Saint-Josse/ Sint-Joost , Brussels , Belgium.
① memo 20160620 ~ Film : Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com
#WithRefugees – World Refugee Day

Sculptor’s Monument Transport XX

Sculptor Koenraad Tinel looks at the corten steel work of Etienne Desmet – the Transport XX monument in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium, during the commemoration April 27, 2014. Both Belgian visual artists were born in Ghent.

The sculpture commemorates the heroic attack in Boortmeerbeek April 19, 1943 on the deportation train ‘Transport XX’ – a cattle car train crammed with 1631 Jewish passengers, heading for Auschwitz – by three young men from Brussels – Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon – who succeeded in opening one of the cars and liberate 17 people.

Site Of Attack On Transport XX

Site of the attack on the deportation train ‘Transport XX’ – a cattle car train crammed with 1631 Jewish passengers, heading for Auschwitz.

Here in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium, the night of April 19, 1943, three young men from Brussels – Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon – attacked and stopped this cattle car train,  succeeded in opening one of the cars and liberate 17 people. Another more than 200 others could jump out also before the train reached the German border. Site filmed May 15, 2011.