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PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt

① memo 20180319 ~ PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt ~
Good news ! The community opera PUSH (written by composer Howard Moody) inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski , a boy whose mother pushed him off the ‘Transport XX’ train heading to Auschwitz in 1943 – an action that saved his life and gave the opera its name – is now programmed in Simon’s hometown in March 2019 in the De Munt | La Monnaie opera house of Brussels .

Howard had met Simon, now in his 80s, in Brussels and promised to write an opera based on his life. PUSH tells this story but also deals with much broader themes of persecution.
After the world premiere of PUSH in 2016 in the UK , and a recent second performance in , Howard Moody once again brings together professional musicians and amateur performers – both adults and children – from the UK and Belgium in a unique theatrical experience.

Push! Push!
Push your child off the edge!
My mother gave birth to me twice
Pushing me towards freedom and life

More info / links

PUSH in Brussels 2019

The full film ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz’ is presented online here at this site 

PUSH opera premiere in the UK 2016

Ma vie n’est que miracles. My life is only miracles

A full documentary on Simon’s life , the film Miracles is in production now – more soon on Miracles.Media

Message Wall Kazerne Dossin

Posts by kids filmed during last month public weekend event marking the 5 year anniversary of the opening of the Kazerne Dossin museum in Mechelen , Belgium ① memo 20180124

The Last Witnesses

① memo 20170520 ~ The Last Witnesses ~ Closing ceremony at the presentation of the dutch book “De Laatste Getuigen” telling the stories of over 80 survivors ( ISBN 9789054877370 ) with a panel discussion with the survivors Staf Schaerlackens , Max De Vries , Elisabeth ‘Lieske’ Vossen , and Evrard Voorpijls , and presentations by Marc Van Roosbroeck (chairman of vzw “De werkgroep 10 december 2008”) , Gert De Nutte (publisher ASP) Rudi Beken , Herman Vandormael, and Patrick Dewael (mayor of Tongeren) on 20 May 2011 , Tongeren , Belgium

BBC News – Opera PUSH tells how a young boy escaped Auschwitz horror


BBC News – 2 October 2016 – now with online video (click image above)

How a young boy escaped Auschwitz horror

A new opera tells the story of how 11-year-old Simon Gronowski escaped incarceration in Auschwitz in 1943, after being pushed from the train transporting the family to the camp by his mother.

1) Source of this BBC film poster image – of Simon’s mother Chana (Kaplan) Gronowski, and his sister Ita – is our doco Transport XX to Auschwitz –  available online via Richard Bloom’s youtube channel.
More info on this film is posted at this site in this post : Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz

2) Below more on PUSH in a post published February 4 , 2017  by one of the participants ‘Pippa’  (found online January 30 , 2018)

Ma vie n’est que miracles

Tiroler Bergweihnacht in Igls – Mountain Christmas in Tirol

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Storyboard (a collage of subsequent frames) of the video "Igler Bergweihnacht 2008".

Storyboard (a collage of subsequent frames) of the video “Igler Bergweihnacht 2008”.

DE – Deutsch (English below / Dutch / Nederlands z.o.z.)
“Tiroler Bergweihnacht in Igls” : Stimmungsvolle Bergweihnacht am 23 Dezember 2008 in Igls (Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria). Es ist ein eindrückliches Bild, wenn sich der Umzug mit seinen etwa. 200 kleinen und großen Engel, Nachtwächter, Bauern, Hirten, Hirtenbuben — in alten Kleider — sowie Maria und das Christkind im Schlitten mit Josef zu Fuß, abends durch die Dorfmitte mit Laternen und mitgeführten Tiere bewegt.
Mit Musik von Bläsergruppen der Musikkapelle Igls-Vill, sowie von dem Kirchenchor von Igls-Lans.
Weitere Info in die online Zeitung “Der Igel” (Stadtteilzeitung für Innsbruck Igls) — Der Igel 7 (Dezember 2008)
Video “Igler Bergweihnacht 2008” © 2009 michelvanderburg — Einige Rechte vorbehalten (Creative Commons Lizenz: Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 3.0 Unported )

EN – English (NL –  Nederlands z.o.z.)
“Mountain Christmas in Tirol” : An atmospheric, lantern-lit, Mountain Christmas parade in the evening of 23 December 2008 at the town center of Igls (near Innsbruck, in Tirol, Austria) featuring around 200 local villagers, mainly young kids, beautifully dressed as angels, night guards, farmers or shepherds and shepherd boys with animals, as well as Mary and baby Jesus in a traditional sledge with Joseph on foot. With music from the town band Igls-Vill (“Musikkapelle Igls-Vill”) and the Church choir of Igls-Lans (“Kirchenchor von Igls-Lans”).
More info in the online Newspaper “Der Igel” (Stadtteilzeitung für Innsbruck Igls) — Der Igel 7 (Dezember 2008)
Video”Igler Bergweihnacht 2008″  © 2009 michelvanderburg — Some Rights Reserved (Creative Commons license: Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported ).

NL – Nederlands:
“Kerstoptocht in Tirol” : Stemmige, traditionele, kerstoptocht op 23 december 2008 in Igls (bij Innsbruck, in Tirol, Oostenrijk). Een indrukwekkend schouwspel, waarbij rond 200 inwoners prachtig verkleed als kleine en grote engelen, nachtwachters, boeren, herders en herdersjongens, alsook als Maria met het kerstkind Jezus in een traditionele slee begeleid door Jozef te voet, ‘s avonds door het dorpscentrum gaan met lantaarns en meegevoerde dieren. Met muziek van blaassecties van “Musikkapelle Igls-Vill” en van het kerkkoor van Igls-Lans (“Kirchenchor von Igls-Lans”).
Verdere info in de online krant “Der Igel” (Stadtteilzeitung für Innsbruck Igls) — Der Igel 7 (Dezember 2008).
Video “Igler Bergweihnacht 2008” © 2009 michelvanderburg — Sommige rechten voorbehouden ( Creative Commons licentie: Naamsvermelding-Gelijk delen 3.0 ).

First uploaded at youtube / channel012 and posted via imichel.com May 25-26, 2009.
Republished via michelvanderburg.com with updated info Dec 17, 2013.