Tag Archives: holocaust

Scout Bambi | Simon Gronowski


Behind the scenes iphone shots by Sonja van der Burg of our filming Simon Gronowski for the documentary film project ‘Miracles’.

Simon Gronowski — once a little scout nicknamed “Bambi” (totem name early 1940s) — telling his story in ‘Simon reads his story’ at the public performance of authors during the event ‘Voices in the Museum’, interviewed by Marjan Verplancke, in the holocaust museum Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen, Belgium, December 2017.

Other ‘voices’ filmed that weekend: Nina Landau presenting her short film ‘Lon’ (to which I could gladly contribute a little something), and Esther Naschelski reading from her biography – as shown in the film ‘Esther’s Puzzle’ (link below) .

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‘Achter de schermen’ iphone shots door Sonja van der Burg tijdens onze filmopnames van Simon Gronowski voor het documentaire project ‘Miracles’.

Simon Gronowski – ooit een kleine verkenner met de bijnaam “Bambi” (totem naam begin jaren 40) – die zijn verhaal vertelt in ‘Simon leest zijn verhaal voor’ tijdens het publieke optreden van schrijvers, geïnterviewd door Marjan Verplancke, 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.

Andere ‘stemmen’ gefilmd dat publieksweekend: Nina Landau bij de vertoning van haar film ‘Lon’ (waar ik graag een kleinigheid aan kon bijdragen), en Esther Naschelski voorlezend uit haar biografie – zoals te zien in de film ‘Esther’s Puzzle’ (link hieronder).

Links :

Esther’s Puzzle
https://michelvanderburg.com/2018/01/27/esthers-puzzle/

Lon’s World Premiere
https://michelvanderburg.com/2017/11/25/lons-world-premiere/

Lon’s Puppet Show
https://michelvanderburg.com/2017/07/29/lons-puppet-show/

Scout Bambi ~ Talk : Simon Gronowski at ‘Voices in the Museum’ with Marjan Verplancke | Kazerne Dossin – kazernedossin.eu ~ Film : 20201208 Sonja and Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

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

Behind-the-scenes Robert Clary Story ~ From Buchenwald to Hollywood


Behind-the-scenes at the premiere of ‘From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story’ screening Nov 13th 2018 at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival with filmmakers Karen Lynne, Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg in Cinema Paradiso , Hollywood, Florida , USA.
Music : LCHA DODI from the album, Light of the River (Or Hanachal) performed by Shai Perelman and Omer Horowitz. More info at Richard Bloom Productions site : richardbloomproductions.com .
Behind-the-scenes Robert Clary Story ~ From Buchenwald to Hollywood | 20201115 | Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

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

Jewish Resistance


Jewish Resistance ~ Book : Jewish Resistance Against the Nazis, edited by Henry Patrick | Catholic University of America Press ISBN 9780813225890 ~ Film : 20200912 Michel van der Burg | 1-memo•com

Berlin 1933


Diversity Destroyed / Zerstörte Vielfalt 1933 – 1938. City of Berlin theme year 2013 of commemoration, remembrance, warning and discussion of the Nazis’ assumption of power in 1933 and the pogroms of 1938. Unter den Linden , Berlin , Germany, September 8, 2013. Berlin 1933 | 20200908 | Michel van der Burg | 1-memo•com