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Régine Krochmal – a tribute (with english translation and subtitles)

Tribute to Régine Krochmal, with translation (subtitles) of her speech at the Transport XX commemoration in Boortmeerbeek on May 15, 2011
[ on tablets like the iPad and phones watch subtitles here at YouTube ].

“Never forget that nothing is so powerful as life! Life gives us gifts continually: Our heart to love – our soul to find true joy – and our conscience to increase our joy, by flexibility of our heart. Each of us should let his inner wealth flourish. Like Robert Maistriau, Youra Livschitz and Jean Franklemon have done. For which we are grateful to them, to this day.”

In the video “Régine Krochmal” that was published the day Régine Krochmal died – May 11, 2012 – subtitles with an English translation have been added today. Continue reading

Transport XX to Auschwitz at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF)

The documentary Transport XX to Auschwitz by Karen Lynne & Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg is shown at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) on Saturday October 27 at the main film festival theatre Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, and again the next Saturday, November 3rd, at the Sunrise Civic Theatre in the city of Sunrise, Florida.  Thanks all helping us with this documentary – – Simon Gronowski (see trailer poster) in particular for his special effort!!

Film and festival details

Watch the trailer of the film –


Synopsis – During the Shoah, the Nazis, in their quest for the final solution of the Jewish question, utilized thousands of trains from Germany and the occupied countries to transport 3,000,000 Jews to the concentration and death camps.

This is the true story of one of the most audacious and heroic rescue attempts, which occurred on April 19, 1943, the first night of Passover, at the same time that the Warsaw Ghetto uprising began. On that night, Transport XX departed Mechelen, Belgium at 10 p.m. with 1631, Jewish men, women and children for Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

Half an hour later, it was stopped by three young Belgians armed with only 1 pistol, pliers and a hurricane lamp. The only documented attack on a death train during the Shoah. What happened leading up to, during and after this audacious rescue attempt are featured with archival footage and survivor interviews.

See also Richard Bloom Productions

Transport XX to Auschwitz – trailer


Trailer of the film Transport XX to Auschwitz by Karen Lynne & Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg. This documentary is coming soon.

During the Shoah, the Nazis, in their quest for the final solution of the Jewish question, utilized thousands of trains from Germany and the occupied countries to transport 3,000,000 Jews to the concentration and death camps.

This is the little known, true story of a most remarkable and heroic rescue attempt which occurred on April 19, 1943, the first night of Passover, at the same time that the Warsaw Ghetto uprising began, some 720 miles away.
On that night, Transport XX departed Mechelen, Belgium at 10 p.m. with 1631 Jewish men, women and children for Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

Half an hour later, it was stopped by three young Belgians armed with only 1 pistol, pliers and a hurricane lamp.
This was the only documented attack on a death train during the Shoah.

See also Richard Bloom Productions.

Régine Krochmal – tribute to a courageous resistance fighter

May 11, 2012 – Régine Krochmal, who in 1943 courageously escaped from the 20th train from Mechelen to Auschwitz, died today in Brussels, almost 92 years of age. A short compilation made today of images of Régine, about a year ago at the Transport XX commemoration in Boortmeerbeek on May 15, 2011.

Dutch:
Eerbetoon aan een moedige verzetsvrouw
Régine Krochmal – die in 1943 op moedige wijze ontsnapte uit de 20ste trein van Mechelen naar Auschwitz – is vandaag (11 mei, 2012) overleden in Brussel, op bijna 92 jarige leeftijd.
Ik heb haar helaas slechts eenmaal persoonlijk ontmoet – bij de herdenkingsbijeenkomst van transport XX in Boortmeerbeek vandaag bijna een jaar geleden. Daarnaast, heb ik voor een nieuwe documentaire over transport XX, wekenlang ‘aan haar lippen gehangen’ bij werk aan haar getuigenissen eerder vastgelegd op video bij andere gelegenheden. Zo heb ik haar bijzonder leren waarderen als een moedige, levenslustige, en in meerdere opzichten ‘kleurrijke’ vrouw.
Vanavond heb ik een kort verslag – een impressie – samengesteld met onder andere beeld van haar toespraak op de herdenking van het XXste Transport in Boortmeerbeek vorig jaar, en beeld van de vele anderen die er in slaagden uit de veewagons van dit konvooi te springen.
Deze video is een eerbetoon aan een moedige verzetsvrouw.

20130206 update:
The video embedded here is from my Vimeo account. The same file uploaded May 11, 2012 on YouTube, was supplemented today with an english translation in closed captions (subtitles) – here a link to that subtitled video