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Screening for Belgian ASF volunteers of ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz’

ASF België / Belgique

Our documentary film ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz‘  was screened September 2017 in Brussels for the new volunteers of ASF België / Belgique.
This Belgian ASF association is part of the international network of Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste – in english called : ‘Action Reconciliation Service for Peace‘.

These Belgian ASF one year ‘Service for Peace’ volunteers work a year in both social projects with the elderly, migrants, people with disabilities, and socially vulnerable children , and also historical and educational projects, in eg. museums and memorials , like Kazerne Dossin.

 

Resistance is the current year theme for the ASP – reason enough to pay attention to an unique act of resistance in the history of the Second World War: the attack at Boortmeerbeek on the 20th death train to Auschwitz.
More details and free online viewing  of the film here on this site via this link.

Lon’s Puppet Show


① memo 20170729 ~ Lon’s Puppet Show ~ The Antwerp avant garde artist ‘Lon’ Leon Landau made a puppet theater for the children in the Kazerne Dossin transit camp , with 12 puppets like this rebellious character ‘Robin Hood’ filmed here , and eg Till Eulenspiegel (Tijl Uilenspiegel) – but Lon was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 , before the puppet show could took place.
He was a rebel himself , one of the people that hid the tools under the straw on the floor of the cattle cars to help escape the deportees on Transport XX. Interview with Janiv Stamberger ( researcher Kazerne Dossin ) filmed August 18, 2016 at the Wiki Loves Art event in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium.

Transit Camp Mechelen


① memo 20170727 ~ Transit Camp Mechelen ~ Today 75 years ago on July 27, 1942 the “SS-Sammellager Mechelen” collection and deportation camp was opened in the former barracks “Kazerne Dossin”. The building now houses the Kazerne Dossin memorial , filmed here in 2013 – Mechelen , 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

Souvenir Simon

① memo 20160511 ~ Souvenir Simon ~ Richard Bloom writing for Simon Gronowski a souvenir on the flyer of our film documentary « Transport XX to Auschwitz » in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen, Belgium – May 11, 2014.
I finally saw Karen and Richard Bloom in the flesh in Amsterdam , May 10, 2014 – after years of working together ‘in the cloud’ from opposite sides of the ocean on our film documentary « Transport XX to Auschwitz » . Next day, May 11, we drove together from Amsterdam to Mechelen ,  to meet up with Simon Gronowski and friends in the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen , Belgium.

Que Siga el Calor – Samuel Truzman & Simon Lapscher

① memo 20160505 ~ Que Siga el Calor – Samuel Truzman & Simon Lapscher

In loving memory of those who lived, and those who live …
An original song by Samuel Truzman , Simon Lapscher, and Moshe Bitton …
With the film of portraits from “Transport XX Face To Face” by Michel van der Burg – matched to the song …
A special co-production for Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

With subtitles : Spanish & English subtitles if you turn on CC.

Comment by Samuel Truzman :
“Esta canción la escribimos cuando teníamos 16 años, con unos amigos con los que tenía una banda que se llamaba So Seven. La fuerza y el impacto de la canción y el sentimiento es el mismo, nunca olvidar.
Escrita por: Simon Lapscher, Bimbi y yo.”

English translation of Samuel’s comment (by me):
“This song we wrote when we were 16 years with some friends that had a band called So Seven. The strength and impact of the song and the feeling is the same, never forget.
Written by: Simon Lapscher, Bimbi and Samuel Truzman.”

Lyrics:
Incierta la vida, la realidad.
Una vez más pierde su integridad.
Estabas sentado en la cama de nana pensabas salir a jugar.
¿Cuándo tendrás edad para aprender a morir?
¿Cómo entender que allí muere su infancia?
Hombres extraños se llevan a papá.
No encuentras la luz.
Baja el sol, y tu sediento dentro de un vagón y vas perdiendo la ilusión, ya no te cubre la gracia.
Alza su voz, está impaciente.
¿Porqué el conductor que mueve al tren no advirtió, que era el tren de la muerte?
Así lamentable es la humanidad, ella se esconde la verdad.
Pero aquel niño que ni pudo comenzar pudo ser el capitán de este barco que no sabe navegar.
Yo, tú, él, fuimos todos errantes al andar.
La muerte del judío se proclamó, el reía sin compasión, el grito de aquel niño nos quemó, que siga el calor.

La muerte del judío se proclamó, el reía sin compasión, el grito de aquel niño nos quemó, que siga el calor.
Incierta la vida, la realidad.

Lyrics Translation :
Uncertain life, reality.
Once again loses its integrity.
You were sitting on nana’s bed thinking about going out to play.
When will you be old enough to learn how to die?
How to understand that here is where his childhood dies?
Strange men are taking Dad away.
And you can’t find the light.
The sun goes down, and you’re thirsty inside a wagon, you’re starting to lose your illusion.
Grace no longer covers you.
She raises her voice, and is impatient.
Because the train’s driver did not warn her that she was on the death train?
So pitiful is humanity, she hides the truth.
But that child who was not given a start, could have been the captain of this ship that knows not how to navigate.
Me, you, him, we are all wanderers in our walk.
The death of the jew was proclaimed, and he was laughing mercilessly.
The cry of that child burned us, let the heat continue.

The death of the jew was proclaimed, and he was laughing mercilessly.
The cry of that child burned us, let the heat continue.
Uncertain life, reality.

More info on TRANSPORT XX

Post and original 2009 film version : TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels

Newer film versions (with description at the Vimeo site) :
Transport XX – face to face
Transport XX – face to face (2012)

A special 1 minute film “Transport XX face to face” was selected in 2010 by The One Minutes and the dutch Museum of National History (innl) for the ‘Where history starts’ event on Nov 28th, 2010 in Paradiso, Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz

Que Siga El Calor — Trailer

① memo 20160504 ~ Que Siga El Calor — Trailer ~ An original song by Simon Lapscher, Moshe Bitton, and Samuel Truzman – with portraits from the “Transport XX Face To Face” film by Michel van der Burg.
The music video is published May 5, 2016 by Samuel Truzman – a special co-production for Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.
Update May 5 –  link to the music video “Que Siga el Calor – Samuel Truzman & Simon Lapscher