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.
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.
① memo 20170428 ~ Crescendo A Cappella — Al Kol Ele ~ The Crescendo Boortmeerbeek Choir sings “Al Kol Ele” a cappella during the Transport XX commemoration May 15 , 2011 in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium – Film : Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com
① memo 20170425 ~ Last Post ~ Boortmeerbeek’s trumpet player Freddy Verschueren at the Transport XX commemoration last Sunday – April 23 , 2017 – Boortmeerbeek , Belgium
① memo 20170424 ~ Al Kol Ele ~ Boogie Boy and the Crescendo choir (conductor : Urbain Van Asch) sing “Al Kol Ele” during the Transport XX commemoration yesterday – April 23 , 2017 – in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium – Film : Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com
① memo 20170423 ~ Zog Nit Keyn Mol ~ The Crescendo choir (conductor : Urbain Van Asch) sings “Zog nit keyn mol” – Never Say … the Yiddish Partisan Song with lyrics written in 1943 by Hirsh Glick – during the Transport XX commemoration today in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium
Film : Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com
Tomasz Herzog ‘Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letstn veg’ (Never say that you are walking the final road), also known as ‘The Partisans’ Song’, is perhaps the best-known of the Yiddish songs created during the Holocaust. It was written by the young Vilna poet Hirsh Glik, and based on a pre-existing melody by the Soviet-Jewish composer Dimitri Pokrass. Inspired by the news of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, the song was adopted as the official anthem of the Vilna partisans shortly after it was composed in 1943, and spread with remarkable rapidity to other ghettos and camps. The song is powerful and defiantly optimistic, acknowledging Jewish suffering in the past and present, and urging the Jewish people to continue fighting for their survival. It is one of the most frequently performed songs at Holocaust commemoration ceremonies.
Never say that you are walking the final road,
Though leaden skies obscure blue days;
The hour we have been longing for will still come,
Our steps will drum – we are here!
From green palm-land to distant land of snow,
We arrive with our pain, with our sorrow,
And where a spurt of our blood has fallen,
There will sprout our strength, our courage.
The morning sun will tinge our today with gold,
And yesterday will vanish with the enemy,
But if the sun and the dawn are delayed –
Like a watchword this song will go from generation to generation.
This song is written with blood and not with lead,
It’s not a song about a bird that is free,
A people, between falling walls,
Sang this song with pistols in their hands.
So never say that you are walking the final road
Though leaden skies obscure blue days.
The hour we have been longing for will still come –
Our steps will drum – we are here!
Reference: Shirli Gilbert, Music in the Holocaust: Confronting Life in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 71.
EN – ONLINE DATABASE
The online database of Kazerne Dossin contains the available portraits of victims and deportation lists from Mechelen.
FR – BANQUE D’IMAGES
La banque d’images de Kazerne Dossin contient les portraits de déportés dont nous disposons ainsi que les listes de transport reprenant les noms des personnes parties de Malines
NL – BEELDBANK
De beeldbank van Kazerne Dossin bevat de beschikbare portretten van de slachtoffers en de lijsten van de transporten die vanuit Mechelen vertrokken.