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Today ‘Miracles’ is announced : our title for the upcoming documentary on Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel !

Today, also, we announce the birth of the Miracles•Media site and new film house !
Miracles•Media is first and foremost for promotion of the Miracles documentary film, and will further serve as platform and online portfolio of other productions.

Ma vie n’est que de miracles – My life is only miracles – Simon Gronowski.

Esther’s Puzzle

(EN) – English below
(FR) Français au bas

Esther Naschelski leest ons voor uit haar boek ‘Achter de Stilte’* , haar gedicht ‘De puzzel van mijn leven’,  tijdens het publieke optreden van schrijvers in ‘Stemmen In Het Museum’ , in het Kazerne Dossin museum op zondag 3 december 2017 , ter gelegenheid van het 5 jarig bestaan van het holocaust museum (als opvolger van het Joods Museum van Deportatie en Verzet) in Mechelen , België.
① memo 20180127 ~ Esther’s Puzzle ~ Film : Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com

Esther Naschelski 3 dec 2017, Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen [BE] – Still film ‘Esther’s Puzzle’ (20180127) Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com

Esther is nog geen drie jaar , wanneer haar ouders in 1942 naar Auschwitz worden gedeporteerd. Ze zullen nooit meer terugkeren. Esther wordt verborgen gehouden en komt na de oorlog in een katholiek gezin terecht. Pas op 65-jarige leeftijd, leert Esther het ware verhaal van haar familie kennen.

Puzzle – Esther Naschelski – Still film ‘Esther’s Puzzle’ (20180127) Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com

De Puzzel Van Mijn Leven

Mijn leven is een puzzel, een pijnlijke puzzel.
Verspreide stukjes, ergens, ver, ver.
Vergeten stukjes.
Verloren stukjes, weggegooide stukjes, verbrande stukjes.
Puzzels van scheidingen, omdat ik gescheiden werd van mijn lieve ouders.
Puzzels van berovingen, beroofd van mijn lieve ouders, wat het dierbaarste ter wereld is. Puzzels van vernederingen, bastaardkind, verlaten kind.
Puzzels van stilte, want men heeft alles verborgen voor me, gestolen kindertijd.
Ja, een pijnlijke puzzel.

Esther Naschelski reads from her dutch book ‘Achter de Stilte’* (Behind the Silence) , her poem ‘De puzzel van mijn leven’ (The puzzle of my life) , during the writers public event ‘Stemmen in het Museum’ (Voices in the Museum) in the Kazerne Dossin museum , Sunday 3 december 2017 , marking the 5 year anniversary of the holocaust museum and memorial (as successor to the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance) in Mechelen , Belgium.
① memo 20180127 ~ Film : Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com

Esther is not yet three years old when her parents are deported to Auschwitz in 1942. They will never return. Esther is kept hidden and ends up in a catholic family after the war.
Only at the age of 65, Esther learns the true story of her family.

The Puzzle of My Life

My life is a puzzle, a painful puzzle.
Pieces scattered, somewhere, far, far.
Forgotten pieces.
Lost pieces, discarded pieces, burnt pieces.
Puzzles of separations, because I was separated from my dear parents.
Deprivation puzzles, deprived of my dear parents, which is the most precious in the world. Humiliation puzzles, bastard child, abandoned child.
Silence puzzles, because all was kept hidden for me, childhood stolen.
Yes, a painful puzzle.

Esther Naschelski nous lit un extrait de son livre en néerlandais «Achter de Stilte» (Derrière le silence) , son poème «Le puzzle de ma vie» lors d’un événement public «Les voix dans le musée» au musée Kazerne Dossin, dimanche 3 décembre 2017, marquant le cinquième anniversaire du musée et mémorial de l’holocauste (en succédait au Musée Juif de la Déportation et de la Résistance) à Malines , en Belgique.
① memo 20180127 ~ Film: Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com

Esther n’a pas encore 3 ans lorsque ses parents sont déportés à Auschwitz en 1942. Ils ne reviendront jamais. Esther est cachée et finit dans une famille catholique après la guerre.
C’est seulement à l’âge de 65 ans qu’Esther apprend l’histoire vraie de sa famille.

Le Puzzle De Ma Vie

Ma vie est un puzzle, un puzzle douloureux.
Des morceaux éparpillés, quelque part, loin, loin.
Des morceaux oubliés.
Des morceaux perdus, des morceaux jetés, des morceaux brûlés.
Des puzzles de séparations, parce que je fus séparée de mes chers parents.
Des puzzles de privations, privée de mes chers parents, ce qui est le plus cher au monde.
Puzzles d’humiliations, enfant bâtard, enfant abandonné.
Puzzles de silence, car on m’a tout caché, enfance volée.
Oui, un puzzle douloureux.


Achter de Stilte – Het verhaal van een verborgen Joods kind – Esther Naschelski & Hans Grietens – ACCO Uitgeverij

Achter de Stilte – Het verhaal van een verborgen Joods kind – Esther Naschelski & Hans Grietens – ACCO Uitgeverij .

Kazerne Dossin Frontpage 2012

Kazerne Dossin Frontpage 2012 ~ Kazerne Dossin site 5 years ago – frontpage August 26th , 2012 … waiting for opening of the new museum in a few months – with short film Transport XX – face to face.
Thanks to WayBackMachine – Internet Archive.
(By the way you can donate this non-profit organization .. I did tonight – here link to kazerne dossin cache moment http://web.archive.org/web/20120826061626/http://kazernedossin.be/ )

Full details of short film here :  TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels

The film ‘Transport XX – face to face’ was presented by Kazerne Dossin from January 2010 – ca 2012 on the site of the Task Force For International Cooperation On Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF , now the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and on the frontpage of the Kazerne Dossin site from January 2011 – ca October 2012.

Lon’s World Premiere



① memo 20171125 ~ Lon’s World Premiere ~ Last week the short documentary film LON by Nina Landau had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) , with showings from November 16-24th in one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world , the Tuschinski Theater in Amsterdam , Holland – a modern style mixed Art Deco , Jugendstil movie palace , opened in 1921 by the jewish polish immigrant Abraham Tuschinski (murdered in Auschwitz in 1942).

Still documentary LON – Nina Landau

Lon Landau is a promising Jewish stage designer whose life takes a turn during World War II. He is held captive in a Belgian nazi camp, but decides to stay positive and do what he knows best: building dream worlds. LON is an ode to the power of imagination and how people maintain their dignity in difficult times.

Link to Trailer LON documentary

I first watched LON via the Belgian channel Canvas | VRT.be – which aired the film November 19th. Yesterday I watched the film in Tuschinski – and enjoyed the fine quality of the film on that big screen … and , by the way , the rich colors of the image I contributed – the picture of the oil-painted ‘Robin Hood’ marionette made by Lon Landau.

Still documentary LON – Nina Landau

In Lon’s artistic spirit , Nina Landau shows the story of her great-uncle Lon in her short documentary animation film ‘LON’ , on a ‘stage’ of paper sheets , were hand-drawn figures , sketches , are brought to life , just like the marionettes Lon made 75 years ago for the puppet show he prepared for the children around him , living like he in the Nazi transit camp Kazerne Dossin – waiting for deportation to a death camp. Lon’s puppet show did not premiere for the children in the camp , because he was deported to Auschwitz shortly before the envisioned performance.

This 7 minute short Flemish version of ‘La Vita è bella’ by Nina Landau , and co-workers Jamie MacLean, Penelope Deltour , Gert Van Goethem , and Sus Slaets will be screened again in december in Belgium at the international Kort Film Festival in Leuven ; and next Saturday , December 2nd 2017 at ‘Kortfilms in Dossin‘ ,  in the Kazerne Dossin museum in Mechelen .

Selections 4×7 docs December 2017 – Broadcast Belgian Canvas TV

‘LON’ van Nina Landau wordt je warm aanbevolen door Kathleen Cools :

“Nina vertelt dit verhaal zo ontroerend, ontwapenend, eerlijk en ook vol liefde dat we vooral aan Lon denken als een kleine, heel sterke held in dat verschrikkelijke, grote verhaal dat oorlog heet.” –

Preview by CANVAS  – VRT – Belgian TV – facebook

Coming Soon … The Robert Clary Story


A truly inspiring film about a Hollywood legend
A film by Karen and Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg

Richard Bloom Productions is producing a new documentary about legendary actor, Broadway star, singer, artist, author and Holocaust lecturer, Robert Clary.
Mr. Clary is widely known for his role as Corporal Lebeau on the long running TV series Hogan’s Heroes.
What is little known by the public is that Robert’s real last name is Widerman, and in 1942 at the age of 16, he and twelve members of his family were rounded up in Paris, France and deported by the Nazis to concentration camps. He was the only one to survive, having endured 31 months in four Nazi camps and a death march until his liberation from Buchenwald by the U.S. Army on April 11, 1945.
He was discovered singing in a Paris nightclub in 1947, signed to a recording contract and brought to the United States in 1949 where he met Merv Griffin, who introduced him to Eddie and Ida Cantor and their daughter, Natalie, who he would later marry.
His inspiring story will be shared with the world in From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story, which is currently in post-production.


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

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