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Brussels’ Afghans Flee Taliban

Brussels’ Afghans Flee Taliban | 20210821 | Afghan refugee interview* by Kristen Cattell (USA) & Michel van der Burg (Holland) at the ‘Afghan camp’ inside the Béguinage Church in Brussels, Belgium – March 17, 2014 .

*One Afghan gentleman – who asked to remain anonymous – told us about his journey to Brussels. Interview anonymized by reconstruction using a disguised voice-over and visual and auditory imagery (organ Félix Snyers) captured March-April 2014 in the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage in Brussels.

“When you are working with America or other organizations in Afghanistan the Taliban is a big problem. I was with the forces in Kandahar Province for one year. This was a big, big company in Kandahar. After one year the Taliban send some letters to my family saying, ‘Your son is working for the enemy.’ And they said, ‘He will come and he will work with us.’ Then I went to my home. And after the Taliban found out about me, I came to Iran, then I went to Europe, and this country.”

NL vertaling – translation dutch :

“Als je voor Amerika of andere organisaties in Afghanistan werkt, is de Taliban een groot probleem. Ik was een jaar bij de strijdkrachten in de provincie Kandahar. Dit was een groot, groot bedrijf in Kandahar. Na een jaar stuurden de Taliban enkele brieven naar mijn familie waarin ze zeiden: ‘Uw zoon werkt voor de vijand.’ En ze zeiden: ‘Hij moet bij ons komen werken.’ Ik ging naar huis. En toen de Taliban van mij wist, ging ik naar Iran, en vertrok vandaar naar Europa, en dit land.”

Reportage by Kristen Cattell (USA) & Michel van der Burg (Holland).
Remastered 2nd edition of film first published in 2015 (Béguinage shadows | 20151115).
Brussels’ Afghans Flee Taliban | 20210821 | michelvanderburg•com

TAGS #1Memo #michelvanderburg #BeguinageProject #houseofcompassionbrussels #Beguinage #church #Afghan #camp #refugee #tent #shelter #interview #Taliban #Belgium #Brussels #KristenCattell #asylum #undocumented #sanspapier #diversity #rights

LINKS More about the Beguinage Project here http://bit.ly/1HZguvY and here https://michelvanderburg.com/?s=Beguinage

Meyer Girl by Marcel Hastir 1939 | 20210408


Meyer Girl by Marcel Hastir 1939 | 20210408 | 1-memo•com
Portrait of the little girl Meyer painted by Marcel Hastir (1906-2011, painter, philosopher, resistance fighter) in his Brussels’ atelier in 1939, shortly before she was deported with her parents and destroyed in a crematorium.
Oil painting shown to me by Horst Schroeder April 19, 2013 at the 70th commemoration of Transport XX to Auschwitz in Atelier Marcel Hastir, Brussels, Belgium. Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2021.

TAGS #Meyer #MarcelHastir #holocaust #1Memo #MiraclesMedia #michelvanderburg #Belgium #Brussels #atelier #painting #art #resistance #oil #portrait #girl #Jew #shoah #genocide #commemoration #deportation #TransportXX #water #YomHaShoah #attack #rescue #escape

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

Making-of PUSH Opera Virtual Finale


Behind-the-scenes late night video editing work with London (UK) based videographer Shogo Hino ( Shogo Media ) a few days before the premiere online April 19th 2020 of this work, the virtual PUSH Opera – Finale with giant choir – Lockdown 2020 🇧🇪 🇬🇧.

The final film hosted by composer Howard Moody via YouTube is presented on my site in the post : Virtual Opera PUSH Epilogue ~ Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles – Link https://michelvanderburg.com/2020/04/19/virtual-opera-push-epilogue-ma-vie-nest-que-miracles/

More than 150 singers from the UK & Belgium have recorded the finale of PUSH and film editor Shogo Hino has edited the result into a virtual performance uniting the four casts and choruses.

Screening started in the night of the 19th April 2020, exactly 77 years after three Brussels resistance heroes stopped the Nazi train Transport XX, transporting 1600 Jewish deportees to Auschwitz, and more than 200 prisoners escaped from the train before the German border.

Based on Simon Gronowski’s story
Epilogue from the opera PUSH – based on the story of Simon Gronowski – an 11 year old Jewish boy who was pushed from the train – Transport XX – by his mother on the way to Auschwitz. Documented in the film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” presented here – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/

A virtual performance during the April 2020 Corona virus lockdown by members of the casts from previous productions of PUSH in Battle, Chichester, Salisbury, London and Brussels.

Composer and librettist Howard Moody on piano, Carlos Bruneel on flute, and with the soloists James Newby, Sheva Tehoval, Tereza Gevorgyan, Ivan Ludlow, Lars Thorkildsen, Ciaran o’Donovan and Eleanor Farmer. Soundmix and additional production by Adrian Zolotuhin.

Film editing by Shogo Hino | @shogomedia.

Additional video work from the Miracles project together with Richard & Karen Bloom by Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media .

With special thanks to Simon Gronowski, and Linda Lovrovic, Sue Kent, Sally Lampitt, Chris Stones, Jill Hoskings, Claire Apel, Jo Nicolai, Philippe Paque, Benoît Giaux, Andrea Frankenthal, and Sarah Ehrlich.

In memory of the three members of the Belgian resistance Jean Franklemon, Robert Maistriau and Youra Livschitz, whose bravery in April 1943 saved the lives of many, as our health workers continue to do today.

News and background is updated in this post : Opera PUSH – online via OperaVision – https://michelvanderburg.com/2020/08/07/opera-push-online-via-operavision/

Howard Moody Website – https://www.howardmoody.co.uk/

Sculpture by Koenraad Tinel

Making-of PUSH Opera Virtual Finale ~ PUSH : Howard Moody and co-workers | howardmoody.co.uk ~ Screen recording : Shogo Hino | @shogomedia ~ Film : 20201114 Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

Embrace Installation


Placing of Koenraad Tinel’s work of art EMBRACE – a translation of his remarkable friendship with lawyer Simon Gronowski – in Ganshoren , Brussels , Belgium, October 22, 2018.

A sculpture on Simon Gronowski’s jump to freedom at the age of 11, when pushed by his mother out of the 20th death train to Auschwitz in 1943.

Watch the inauguration panorama October 26, 2018 here – https://michelvanderburg.com/2018/10/26/embrace/

Both Koenraad Tinel and Simon Gronowski together received honorary doctorates (doctor honoris causa) by both the VUB and ULB Brussels’ universities today Sep. 22th 2020 at 3:22 PM CET in Brussels.
Embrace Installation | 20200922 | Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | Miracles.Media

OperaVision | Virtual Opera PUSH Finale

Finale with virtual chorus from Howard Moody’s PUSH – Lockdown Version 2020

Epilogue from the opera Push – based on the story of Simon Gronowski, an 11 year old Jewish boy who was pushed from the train (Convoi XX) on April 19 1943 by his mother, on the way to Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

A virtual performance during the April 2020 Coronavirus lockdown by members of the casts from previous productions of Push in Battle, Chichester, Salisbury, London and Brussels.

Composer and librettist Howard Moody on piano, Carlos Bruneel on flute, and with the soloists James Newby, Sheva Tehoval, Tereza Gevorgyan, Ivan Ludlow, Lars Thorkildsen, Ciaran o’Donovan and Eleanor Farmer.

Soundmix and additional production by Adrian Zolotuhin.

Film editing by Shogo Hino.

Howard Moody Website – howardmoody.co.uk

Additional video work from the Miracles project by Michel van der Burg, and Richard & Karen Bloom | Miracles.Media .

With special thanks to Simon Gronowski, and Linda Lovrovic, Sue Kent, Sally Lampitt, Chris Stones, Jill Hoskings, Claire Apel, Jo Nicolai, Philippe Paque, Benoît Giaux, Andrea Frankenthal, and Sarah Ehrlich.

In memory of the three members of the Belgian resistance Jean Franklemon, Robert Maistriau and Youra Livschitz, whose bravery in April 1943 saved the lives of many, as our health workers continue to do today.

The OperaVision Facebook video.  Watch both this 2020 Lockdown Virtual PUSH Finale   , and the 2019 recording of the full opera PUSH online via OperaVision.