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Transport XX face to face | 2012 edition


Transport XX face < > face | 2012 edition .
A video impression filmed February 2009 , of the confrontation of passers-by with the TRANSPORT XX installation in Brussels, that presented photographic portraits of 1,200 of the 1,631 Jewish prisoners deported with the 20th train convoy to Auschwitz in 1943.
The TRANSPORT XX installation in Brussels was organised from 27 January to 15 March 2009 by the BELvue Museum in collaboration with the JMDR / Kazerne Dossin. The photographic portraits were displayed outside in the Royal park in Brussels (opposite the Royal Palace).

On April 19, 1943 at 10 p.m. the 20th train convoy departed the Dossin barracks (Kazerne Dossin) in Mechelen (Belgium) with 40 cattle cars crammed with 1631 Jewish men, women and children for Auschwitz (Poland). The in Belgium captured Jews were over 90% ‘foreigners’ (with no Belgian nationality) who either when war broke out or (many) years earlier had fled from mainly Eastern Europe, Germany and Holland to Belgium. Half an hour after the departure of this transport XX three young Belgians from Brussels, Youra Livschitz, Jean Franklemon and Robert Maistriau stopped the train between Boortmeerbeek and Haacht, opened one of the cars and liberated 17 prisoners. Later before the train reaches the German border over 200 other prisoners decide to attempt to escape and also jump out of the cars. In total 236 people were able to escape, but 26 were shot and killed trying to escape.
This 20th transport arrived at Auschwitz on April 22 with 1395 deportees. Only approximately 151 of those on board survived this and later death camps. This was the only documented attack on a death train during the Shoah.
More on Transport XX – including the documentary film Transport XX to Auschwitz – at my web site here – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/ .

TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels | 2009 film .
First film edition “TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels”.
A first edition of this film entitled “TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels” was published on 19 april 2009 via my YouTube channel – and that version was also added in 2009 to the collection of the Dossin Barracks / Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance (Mechelen, Belgium).

Transport XX face to face | 2010 film .
The 2nd edition named “Transport XX face to face” has some editing corrections and a new title and credits.
This edition was first published October 2010 in the 7th round of the New Arrivals 2010 / 2011 of the dutch ‘NTR’ broadcaster: http://www.kortefilmonline.ntr.nl , and uploaded January 2011 at my Vimeo channel and at my now obsolete YouTube channel iClip. Remake 2010 film.
A remake at higher resolution , was published June 9, 2020.

Transport XX face to face | 1 minute film .
The 2010 second edition was used for the special 1 minute production “Transport XX face to face” selected in 2010 by The One Minutes and the dutch Museum of National History (innl) – see post 20200607.

Het XXste Transport naar Auschwitz | Marc Michiels & Mark Van den Wijngaert | ISBN 9789059089808

A DVD edition of that one minute film was screened at the book presentation April 2012 ‘Het XXste Transport naar Auschwitz’ by Marc Michiels & Mark Van den Wijngaert at the Boortmeerbeek townhall (note a new edition was published last year , ISBN 978 90 5908 980 8 ) , and next at the 2012 Transport XX commemoration and the war photography exhibition ‘Our World, at War’ from April 16 – May 31 , 2012 in the HaBoBIB public library in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium.

Storyboard film Transport XX face <> face | 2012 edition

Transport XX face < > face | 2012 edition .
This edition presented here is the 2012 film that was reworked – the opening and closing street scenes were deleted – and published April 2012 as Transport XX face <> face (2012 film) online via Vimeo , and distributed in a limited DVD edition of both that film version and also a ‘loop’ version of the film, to the Boortmeerbeek commemoration organization (together with the 1 minute film DVD edition – see above).

Transport XX face < > face | 2012 edition | 20200611 release
Today (20200611) this 2012 edition is published in higher resolution as part of my project to republish former Vimeo uploads at my YouTube channel (both to improve and secure screening and archiving).

More on the several editions (including a musical version) are posted at my web site here : https://michelvanderburg.com/2009/04/19/transport-xx-installation-brussels/ .

Credits.
The Kazerne Dossin ( http://www.kazernedossin.eu/ ) digitalised the photo’s of the Dossin prisoners, that mostly are from the “National State Archives of Belgium. Ministry of Justice, Public Safety Office, Foreigner’s Police, individual files” ( http://www.arch.be/ ) .
Thank you: Marjan Verplancke and other co-workers of the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen (Belgium) and project “Give them a Face” which aims to bring together as many portraits of deportees from the Dossin barracks in Mechelen as possible and give them back their face – and the memory alive.

Film : Transport XX face < > face | 2012 edition – 20200611 release | Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media .

Transport XX – face to face


Transport XX – face to face .
Portraits of Jews deported to Auschwitz in 1943 .
A video impression filmed February 2009 , of the confrontation of passers-by with the TRANSPORT XX installation in Brussels, that presented photographic portraits of 1,200 of the 1,631 Jewish prisoners deported with the 20th train convoy to Auschwitz in 1943.
More on Transport XX – including the documentary film Transport XX to Auschwitz – at my web site here – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/ .

Making of the film .
Note that this movie originally started as pure registration – in a few ‘long takes’ – of these quite overwhelming visual impressions from my first encounter with this installation (not yet aware actually of the factual history of these portraits). Only the next day, after completing the capturing of 4 long takes while walking back and forth the rows of portraits – did I read the caption halfway the installation, and first became aware of the background, more or less: that is, the history and ‘identity’ of the portraits and this ‘transport’. This prompted the idea for this visual account with the superimposed montage of the imagery of two of the takes, combined with the ambient sound (with of the lowest levels of wind noise) of a third take.

First film edition “TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels”.
A first edition of this film entitled “TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels” was published on 19 april 2009 via my YouTube channel – and that version was also added in 2009 to the collection of the Dossin Barracks / Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance (Mechelen, Belgium). Link: .

Final cut “Transport XX face to face”.
This ‘final cut’ now named “Transport XX face to face” has some editing corrections and a new title and credits.
This edition was first published October 2010 in the 7th round of the New Arrivals 2010 / 2011 of the dutch ‘NTR’ broadcaster: http://www.kortefilmonline.ntr.nl , and uploaded January 2011 at my Vimeo channel and at my now obsolete YouTube channel iClip – that’s being archived, while transferring that iClip content to my main channel youtube.com/michelvanderburg .

New edition.
This remake June 9, 2020 is now produced at higher resolution.
The several editions are posted at my web site here : https://michelvanderburg.com/2009/04/19/transport-xx-installation-brussels/ .

Credits.
The Kazerne Dossin ( http://www.kazernedossin.eu/ ) digitalised the photo’s of the Dossin prisoners, that mostly are from the “National State Archives of Belgium. Ministry of Justice, Public Safety Office, Foreigner’s Police, individual files” ( http://www.arch.be/ ) .
Thank you: Marjan Verplancke and other co-workers of the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen (Belgium) and project “Give them a Face” which aims to bring together as many portraits of deportees from the Dossin barracks in Mechelen as possible and give them back their face – and the memory alive.

Film : Transport XX — face to face (20200609) Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media .

Transport XX in Paradiso | The One Minutes Collection


Transport XX in Paradiso | The One Minutes Collection .
Amsterdam – Paradiso theater Nov. 28, 2010 , The One Minutes – the ‘Where history starts’ show…
Premiere screening of “Transport XX face to face” – selected in 2010 by The One Minutes and the dutch Museum of National History (innl) – at the ‘Where history starts’ event on Nov 28th, 2010 in Paradiso, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Host is Steven de Jong.
“Transport XX face to face” .
A video impression filmed February 28th, 2009 , of the confrontation of passers-by with the TRANSPORT XX installation in Brussels, that presented photographic portraits of 1,200 of the 1,631 Jewish prisoners deported with the 20th train convoy to Auschwitz in 1943.
More at my web site here – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/ .

Credits
The Kazerne Dossin ( http://www.kazernedossin.eu/ ) digitalised the photo’s of the Dossin prisoners, that mostly are from the “National State Archives of Belgium. Ministry of Justice, Public Safety Office, Foreigner’s Police, individual files”
( http://www.arch.be/ )
Thank you: Marjan Verplancke and other co-workers of the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen (Belgium) and project “Give them a Face” which aims to bring together as many portraits of deportees from the Dossin barracks in Mechelen as possible and give them back their face – and the memory alive.
This ‘one minute cut’ is a reworking of the video “TRANSPORT XX – installation Brussels” presented earlier in 2009.

Here a recording of that Transport XX one-minute film screening in Paradiso in Amsterdam.
First published Dec 2011 (20111214) online at my now obsolete YouTube channel iClip – that’s being archived, transferring content to my main channel youtube.com/michelvanderburg .
Remake produced June 7, 2020 for The One Minutes Collection.
This work is now part of The One Minutes Collection and will be preserved by The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, which manages audio-visual heritage.
File name : Michel van der Burg_Transport XX in Paradiso_2020_Netherlands .
Film : Transport XX in Paradiso (20200607) Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media .

Virtual Opera PUSH Epilogue ~ Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles

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Online virtual PUSH Opera – Finale with giant choir – Lockdown 2020 🇧🇪 🇬🇧 

Online premiere April 19, 2020 – A virtual performance online now of the epilogue of community opera PUSH , entitled : Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles | My life is only miracles – hosted by composer Howard Moody.
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. 

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. 

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

Additional video work from the Miracles project by Michel van der Burg ~ miracles.media ~ and Richard & Karen Bloom. 

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.  

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Online virtuele PUSH Opera – Finale met gigantisch koor – Lockdown 2020 🇧🇪 🇬🇧

Een virtuele voorstelling – nu online – van de epiloog van de community opera PUSH, getiteld: Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles | Mijn leven is slechts mirakels – gehost door componist Howard Moody.

Meer dan 150 zangers uit het VK en België hebben de finale van PUSH opgenomen en filmeditor Shogo Hino heeft het resultaat bewerkt tot een virtuele uitvoering die de vier casts en koren verenigt.

De online vertoning begon in de nacht van 19 april 2020, precies 77 jaar nadat drie Brusselse verzetshelden de nazi-trein Transport XX stopten – die 1600 Joodse gedeporteerden naar Auschwitz vervoerde –  waarbij meer dan 200 gevangenen uit de trein ontsnapten nog voor de Duitse grens.

Gebaseerd op het verhaal van Simon Gronowski.

Finale uit de opera PUSH – gebaseerd op het verhaal van Simon Gronowski – een 11-jarige Brusselse joodse jongen, die  door zijn moeder uit de Transport XX trein naar Auschwitz werd geduwd.

Een virtuele uitvoering tijdens de  Corona-virus lockdown in april 2020 door leden van de casts uit eerdere producties van PUSH in Battle, Chichester, Salisbury, Londen en Brussel.

Componist en librettist Howard Moody op piano, Carlos Bruneel op fluit en met de solisten James Newby, Sheva Tehoval, Tereza Gevorgyan, Ivan Ludlow, Lars Thorkildsen, Ciaran o’Donovan en Eleanor Farmer.

Soundmix en aanvullende productie door Adrian Zolotuhin.

Film editing door Shogo Hino.

Howard Moody-website – https://www.howardmoody.co.uk/

Extra videowerk uit het Miracles-project van Michel van der Burg ~ miracles.media ~ en Richard & Karen Bloom.

Met speciale dank aan Simon Gronowski en Linda Lovrovic, Sue Kent, Sally Lampitt, Chris Stones, Jill Hoskings, Claire Apel, Jo Nicolai, Philippe Paque, Benoît Giaux, Andrea Frankenthal en Sarah Ehrlich.

Ter nagedachtenis aan de drie leden van het Belgische verzet Jean Franklemon, Robert Maistriau en Youra Livschitz, wiens moed in april 1943 het leven van velen heeft gered, zoals onze gezondheidswerkers vandaag de dag nog steeds doen.

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Opéra virtuel PUSH en ligne – Finale avec choeur géant – Lockdown 2020 🇧🇪 🇬🇧

Une performance virtuelle en ligne de l’épilogue de l’opéra communautaire PUSH, intitulée: Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles – mise en musique par le compositeur Howard Moody.

Plus de 150 chanteurs du Royaume-Uni et de Belgique ont enregistré la finale de PUSH et le monteur Shogo Hino a édité le résultat en une performance virtuelle réunissant les quatre castings et chœurs.

La mise en ligne a commencé dans la nuit du 19 avril 2020, exactement 77 ans après que trois héros de la résistance bruxelloise aient arrêté le Vingtième Convoi nazi transportant 1600 déportés juifs à Auschwitz, et que plus de 200 prisonniers se soient échappés du train avant la frontière allemande. 

Basé sur l’histoire de Simon Gronowski.

Épilogue de l’opéra PUSH – basé sur l’histoire de Simon Gronowski – un garçon juif de 11 ans qui a été poussé du train – le Vingtième Convoi – par sa mère sur le chemin d’Auschwitz.

Une performance virtuelle lors du confinement imposé par le Coronavirus en avril 2020 par des membres des castings des productions précédentes de PUSH à Battle, Chichester, Salisbury, Londres et Bruxelles.

Le compositeur et librettiste Howard Moody au piano, Carlos Bruneel à la flûte et les solistes James Newby, Sheva Tehoval, Tereza Gevorgyan, Ivan Ludlow, Lars Thorkildsen, Ciaran o’Donovan et Eleanor Farmer.

Mixage et post-production par Adrian Zolotuhin.

Montage du film par Shogo Hino.

Site Web de Howard Moody – https://www.howardmoody.co.uk/

Œuvre vidéo supplémentaire du projet Miracles de Michel van der Burg ~ miracles.media ~ et Richard & Karen Bloom.

Remerciements particuliers à Simon Gronowski et Linda Lovrovic, Sue Kent, Sally Lampitt, Chris Stones, Jill Hoskings, Claire Apel, Jo Nicolai, Philippe Paque, Benoît Giaux, Andrea Frankenthal et Sarah Ehrlich.

En mémoire des trois membres de la résistance belge Jean Franklemon, Robert Maistriau et Youra Livschitz, dont la bravoure en avril 1943 a sauvé la vie de beaucoup, comme notre personnel actif dans le secteur des soins de santé continue de le faire aujourd’hui.

Notes

20200420 – update text – added dutch & french text section (merci Philippe Renette pour la relecture du texte français de cet article).

Ateliers Monnaie PUSH

Ateliers Monnaie PUSH
Kids enter the Brussels’ Ateliers La Monnaie / De Munt last year March 14 , 2019 , for the Belgian premiere of the community opera PUSH – a community project – based on the story of Simon Gronowski , holocaust survivor and a Brussels resident. The Belgian queen Mathilde was attended by Simon Gronowski and family. After the show , just before all had left, Amos Suchecki (from the chorus Choeurs d’enfants de la Monnaie) sings me this song a cappella in the hallway – here in the background of this video clip.

April 19th 2020 – Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles –
Tomorrow, April 19th 2020, a special virtual performance of the finale of PUSH – “Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles” – will premiere Online hosted by Howard Moody, Composer – with more than 150 singers from the UK and Belgium (Bexhill, Brussels, Chichester and Salisbury) – exactly 77 years after Simon Gronowski was helped by his mother Chana to jump from the 20th train to Auschwitz after three Resistance heroes stopped this Nazi train transporting 1600 Jewish deportees.
Film : Ateliers Monnaie PUSH (20200418) Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Deportation Train


Deportation Train
Deportation train departure 19 May 1944 at the dutch Westerbork transit camp filmed by Rudolf Breslauer. Shortly thereafter 20 km north in the dutch town Assen, train cars are added from the belgian Transport XXV (25) from transit camp Kazerne Dossin (Dossin barracks) in Mechelen, and the combined transport with Jews, Sinti and Roma, including Settela Steinbach, continues to the east …

Filmed by Rudolf Breslauer 19 May 1944 in Camp Westerbork, Netherlands. From Westerbork film montage reel 1 (RVD cat.nr. 02-1167-01) courtesy of Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid | OpenImages.
BUM20200415_31_19440519 .
Deportation Train (20200414 v20200415) Michel van der Burg | Settela.com

Transport XX ~ Mark De Geest

Transport XX ~ Mark De Geest
NL – Transport XX . Bestemming Auschwitz. Een historische roman van Mark De Geest (1951) filmmaker in Belgie. Uitgever Horizon. Paperback 9789492958365 E-book 9789492958372 . Vandaag uitgekomen.
Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog werden in België meer dan 25.000 Joden vanuit de Dossinkazerne in Mechelen per trein naar Auschwitz gedeporteerd. Drie jongemannen uit Brussel besluiten tot actie over te gaan en beramen een levensgevaarlijk plan om een volgende trein te stoppen en zoveel mogelijk gevangenen te bevrijden. Op 19 april 1943 vertrekt Jodentransport XX met 1.631 mannen, vrouwen en kinderen. Gewapend met slechts één pistool staan de drie jongemannen klaar om de trein tot stoppen te dwingen…
Meer dan 10 jaar geleden al raakte Mark De Geest geboeid door de overval op Transport XX. Hij hoopte er een film over te maken, en die plannen liggen nog op tafel, maar eerst is er nu deze historische roman.

Transport XX ~ Mark De Geest
EN – Historical novel (Dutch language) ‘Transport XX . Destination Auschwitz’ by Belgian filmmaker and author Mark De Geest .
More than 10 years ago Mark De Geest became fascinated by the attack on Transport XX. He hoped to make a film about it, and those plans are still in place , but he now publishes this historical novel first. Paperback 9789492958365 E-book 9789492958372 available from today.
I preordered all , and expect the e-book in the Apple Book Store later today (March 13, 2020).

English intro below from the online documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/ .

During the Nazi occupation of Belgium 28 train convoys with over 25,000 Jews and 351 Roma left Mechelen towards the Auschwitz extermination camp.
On the night of April 19, 1943, the 20th transport headed East with 1631 Jewish passengers crammed into 40 cattle cars.
This ‘Transport XX’ left the Mechelen transit camp ‘Kazerne Dossin’ at 10 pm. and was attacked and stopped some 30 minutes later outside Brussels – near Boortmeerbeek.
Armed with only 1 pistol, pliers and an improvised red hurricane lamp the three young Belgians Robert Maistriau, Jean Franklemon, and Youra Livschitz – old schoolmates – stopped the train by putting the red lamp in the middle of rails. They were able to open one of the cattle cars and liberated 17 men and women. Another more than 200 prisoners escape from the train before the German border.

Book : Transport XX – Bestemming Auschwitz. Mark De Geest ISBN 9789492958365 | horizon.be

Film : 20200313 Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com