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Push The Reset Button – Album Didier Jans


Singer Didier Jans and the author of his songs Béatrice Dethy together presented their latest album ‘Push The Reset Button’ (Remettre à zéro les compteurs) to Koenraad Tinel last Saturday , Feb. 9th 2019, in the Handelsbeurs theater in Gand , Belgium.

Koenraad Tinel
The extraordinary live performance of Koenraad Tinel last Saturday in the play As Long As He Does Not Know Himself was a great opportunity to watch Koenraad’s live work , and after the show to meet Koenraad and get the chance to personally present him their new album.

Liberated – tribute to the friendship between Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel
The album includes the chanson ‘Liberated’ (LIBERES) they made in tribute to the extraordinary friendship between Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel – inspired by the belgian documentary War Children (director Marianne Soetewey- VRT, 2012) and the book Liberated at Last (2013 ) that Simon and Koenraad together made on their friendship .

① memo 20190212 ~ Push The Reset Button – Album Didier Jans

Links :

Didier Jans
http://www.didierjans.com

Koenraad Tinel
http://www.koenraadtinel.be

Handelsbeurs theater in Gent / Gand , Belgium
https://www.handelsbeurs.be/en

Live performance – As Long As He Does Not Know Himself (Zolang Hij Niet Zichzelve Kent) https://www.lod.be/en/productions/zolang-hij-niet-zichzelve-kent

LIBERES chanson Liberated , Didier Jans
https://michelvanderburg.com/2018/11/20/liberes-chanson-didier-jans-2/

Finally liberated after 70 years
https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/03/13/finally-liberated-fr/

Liberated at Last – book presentation
https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/05/10/finally-liberatated-no-blame-no-victim-book-presentation-30-april-2013-in-brussels/mvdb20130430-165947_frames01/

Viviane’s Story ebook


Coming soon , the free ebooklet Viviane’s Story by Viviane Yarom-Castegnier & Michel van der Burg from Miracles.Media (publisher).
Viviane escaped 75 years ago in the womb of her pregnant mother from the Twentieth Train to Auschwitz.
Isabella Weinreb Castegnier was three-months pregnant that night of the 19th April 1943 in Belgium, when she jumped from the fast moving 20th Train heading for Auschwitz. Isabella escaped with a broken wrist and bruises all over her body, but otherwise without major injuries. Her daughter Viviane – meaning “full of life”, and named so for her will to live and hold tight in her mother’s womb – was born six months later on October 30, 1943.
More on Viviane’s story here in “Escape from Transport XX – to be born 6 months later – Viviane’s story” : https://michelvanderburg.com/2014/04/28/escape-from-transport-xx-to-be-born-6-months-later/ Music : Ameet Kanon singing Ve’Ulai (“And Perhaps”) a capella.
Film ① memo 20190127 ~ Viviane’s Story ebook ~ by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media

En Route Transport XX Stop Kuttekoven


Short clip 7 years ago during reportage Jan 16 , 2012 – en route the former track of Transport XX to Auschwitz , looking for the actual site Simon Gronowski jumped from that death train , a moment before the train stopped near that little town of Kuttekoven , Belgium – together with Simon Gronowski and our friends : partisan Max De Vries who then had just turned 98 years old († 2014), Béatrice, and Marc Van Roosbroeck (vzw ‘de werkgroep 10 december 2008’) . ① memo 20190116 ~ En Route Transport XX Stop Kuttekoven .

Libérés ~ chanson Didier Jans

Libérés ~ chanson Didier Jans

“Cette chanson est magnifique. Les paroles sont un véritable poème.” – simon

EN – This music video Libérés features the final pre-release of the beautiful french song Libérés (‘Released’) by Didier Jans, on the true story of reconciliation and close friendship between Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel – both war children. One, a former deportee, grew up in a Jewish family ; the other, son of a fervent flamingant, a Flemish nationalist father, who idolized Hitler.
The chanson “Libérés” (Author: Béatrice Dethy – Music and performance: Didier Jans – Arrangement: Mathieu Caseau) will be part of the album “Remettre à zéro les compteurs” expected for release very soon by Didier Jans – site http://www.didierjans.com
Didier Jans told me , ‘I would like to circulate the song in high schools for students who go to visit the concentration camps. Teachers often talk to students aged …‘ (my translation).
Imagery by Michel van der Burg – thanks to Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim
Libérés ~ Film (20190123) Michel van der Burg – miracles.media | michelvanderburg.com

FR – Cette vidéo musicale Libérés contient la pré-publication finale de la belle chanson Libérés de Didier Jans, d’après une histoire vécue, celle de la réconciliation et l’amitié proche entre Simon Gronowski et Koenraad Tinel – deux enfants de guerre. L’un , ex-déporté , a grandi dans une famille juive ; l’autre fils d’un flamingant convaincu, un père nationaliste flamand, qui idolâtre Hitler.
La chanson “Libérés” (Auteur: Béatrice Dethy – Musique et interprétation: Didier Jans – Arrangeur: Mathieu Caseau) fera partie de l’album “Remettre à zéro les compteurs” dont la sortie est prévue très bientôt – site http: // http://www.didierjans.com/index.html
Didier Jans m’a dit: « J’aimerais ensuite faire circuler la chanson dans les écoles secondaires pour les étudiants qui partent visiter les camps de concentration. Les professeurs en parlent souvent aux élèves de … ».
Imagerie de Michel van der Burg – grâce au Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim
Libérés ~ Clip (20190123) de Michel van der Burg – miracles.media | michelvanderburg.com

LIBÉRÉS Paroles ( Béatrice Dethy, le 30/10/2018 )

Lui sauta du vingtième convoi
Menant par les rails de l’enfer
Sa mère, puis sa sœur, loin là-bas,
Dans le brasier des hommes d’Hitler.

Les nazis lui ont pris les siens,
Voulaient faire de lui un paria.
Il défendra les droits humains,
Au nom des siens sera papa.

L’autre, trop jeune pour adopter
La vision traître de son père,
Verra ses deux frères s’engager
Sous les drapeaux des tortionnaires.

Très petit, il dessinera,
Emprisonné dans son silence.
La sculpture le sauvera
Du fardeau de cette déchéance.

Ces enfants de 8 et 6 ans,
Détruits, piétinés par la guerre,
Ont dû affronter leurs tourments
Et la terreur, en solitaire.
Leur vie durant, ils ont traîné
La violence de leur enfance.
Avec les stigmates tatoués
Dans leurs jeunes mémoires innocentes,
Grands-pères, ils se sont rencontrés
Au carrefour de leurs souffrances.
Leur passé les a reliés
Et allié leurs différences.

Non, jamais ils n’avaient cessé
De remettre tout en question,
D’interroger les faits passés,
Les génocides et leurs raisons.

Que seraient-ils donc devenus,
Quels bourreaux ou quels résistants,
S’ils avaient tous les deux reçu
Un héritage bien différent ?

Ils voulaient vaincre l’ignorance,
Cherchaient à ouvrir leur esprit ;
Le respect et la tolérance
Seront plus fort que le mépris.

Témoins de cette barbarie,
Ces ainés, passeurs de mémoire,
Savent qu’au-delà de la folie
Persiste la raison de croire.

Croire à la force du pardon
Et au pouvoir de l’amitié,
Croire que chaque homme peut être bon
Et tout ennemi réconcilié.

Eux, que tout devait opposer,
Se sont glissés dans l’autre camp,
Cherchant la part d’humanité
Que chacun draine dans son sang.

L’encre de l’espoir dans leurs veines
A dessiné d’autres projets
Changeant la vengeance et la haine
En message d’amour et de paix.

NB

20190123

EN This video 20190123 update – with better sound quality – replaces the second version of Nov 20 , 2018).

FR Cette mise à jour vidéo 20190123 (de la meilleure qualité sonore) remplace la deuxième version du 20 nov 2018.

20181120

EN This video 20181120 update – with minor modifications – replaces the first version of Oct 12, 2018).

FR Cette mise à jour vidéo 20181120 (avec des modifications mineures) remplace la première version du 12 octobre 2018.

Viviane & Simon ~ 75 Years After Escape Transport XX to Auschwitz


Viviane and Simon Gronowski meet for the first time in Los Angeles, April 2018 , after they both escaped 75 years ago in the night of April 19th 1943 from that fast moving death train Transport XX to Auschwitz – Simon at the time an 11-year-old boy pushed from the train by his mother Chana , and Viviane still in the womb of her 3-months pregnant mother Isabella.

Today 75 years ago Viviane (meaning ‘full of life’) was born in Brussels – 6 months after she had escaped death that night in April 1943 – thanks to the courage of her pregnant mother Isabella Weinreb , when Isabella jumped in Belgium from that cattle car of Transport XX heading for Auschwitz. She today celebrates her 75th birthday in Los Angeles.

When Simon Gronowski , from Brussels , was visiting LA in April this year – to tell his story and reunite with his childhood friend Alice Weit – Viviane fortunately was able to meet Simon , together with her girls – (grand)daughters – for the first time.

Photo – Simon with Viviane and her girls – thanks to Sébastien De Nys / Viviane
Film ① memo 20181030 ~ Viviane & Simon ~ Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com | miracles.media

More on Viviane’s story here in “Escape from Transport XX – to be born 6 months later – Viviane’s story” : https://michelvanderburg.com/2014/04/28/escape-from-transport-xx-to-be-born-6-months-later/

A recent finding on the man – Elias Gnazik – saving Isabella and Viviane published April 19th , 2018 , including a film on the dutch book presentation ( Simone Korkus’ dutch book “Het dienstmeisje van Degrelle” ) – here online : https://michelvanderburg.com/2018/04/19/full-of-life-escape-from-transport-xx/

More on Simon Gronowski and the documentary Transport XX to Auschwitz here in : Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/

EMBRACE – Speech Herman Van Rompuy


Herman Van Rompuy – former Prime Minister of Belgium and first President of the European Council. Speech during the inauguration of Koenraad Tinel’s new work of art ‘Embrace’ , Friday, October 26 – in Ganshoren , Brussels , Belgium.
EMBRACE is a translation of the remarkable friendship between the artist Koenraad Tinel and lawyer Simon Gronowski, who both carry a heavy war history with them.
Embrace is a realization of the De Zeyp community center on the occasion of the 40th anniversary, and is part of the Grundtvig project ‘2WARdS-Europe’ .
EMBRACE – Speech Herman Van Rompuy (20181027) film by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media | michelvanderburg.com

Embrace


This new work of art ‘Embrace’ was inaugurated today – Friday, October 26 – in Ganshoren , Brussels , Belgium. At the foot of the Basilica Koekelberg, at the beginning of the Van Overbekelaan, the corten steel sculpture was placed last monday and filmed in this panoramic view from the Basilica. This work is a translation of the remarkable friendship between artist Koenraad Tinel and lawyer Simon Gronowski, who both carry a heavy war history with them.
Embrace is a realization of the De Zeyp community center on the occasion of the 40th anniversary, and is part of the Grundtvig project ‘2WARdS-Europe’
Embrace (20181026) artwork panoramic view by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media | michelvanderburg.com