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Coming Soon … The Robert Clary Story

COMING SOON

A truly inspiring film about a Hollywood legend
FROM BUCHENWALD TO HOLLYWOOD , THE ROBERT CLARY STORY
A film by Karen and Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg

Richard Bloom Productions is producing a new documentary about legendary actor, Broadway star, singer, artist, author and Holocaust lecturer, Robert Clary.
Mr. Clary is widely known for his role as Corporal Lebeau on the long running TV series Hogan’s Heroes.
What is little known by the public is that Robert’s real last name is Widerman, and in 1942 at the age of 16, he and twelve members of his family were rounded up in Paris, France and deported by the Nazis to concentration camps. He was the only one to survive, having endured 31 months in four Nazi camps and a death march until his liberation from Buchenwald by the U.S. Army on April 11, 1945.
He was discovered singing in a Paris nightclub in 1947, signed to a recording contract and brought to the United States in 1949 where he met Merv Griffin, who introduced him to Eddie and Ida Cantor and their daughter, Natalie, who he would later marry.
His inspiring story will be shared with the world in From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story, which is currently in post-production.

Oh My Kinneret – Ameet

① memo 20160420 ~ Oh My Kinneret – Ameet ~ “Oh my Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) … oh my Kinneret did you exist, or did I dream a dream. From Ameet Kanon singing Ve’ulai to honor her great-grandmother’s memory – who was three-months pregnant that night on April 1943 in Belgium, when she jumped from the fast moving 20th Train heading for Auschwitz. Los Angeles , Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014 . Here a link to her complete song Ve’ulai.

Florida radio talk show host Joyce Kaufman and holocaust education director Avi Mizrachi discuss film “Transport XX to Auschwitz”

In the Joyce Kaufman talk show on the 850 WFTL Florida radio station, the host Joyce Kaufman was joined by executive director Avi Mizrachi from the Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects last Wednesday, March 25, 2015.*

850 WFTL The Joyce Kaufman Show Wednesday 03-25-2015 (Hr. 3) blue

Mr. Avi Mizrachi spoke on the special events, that they are planning together with Young Israel of Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale (Florida, US) in the coming Holocaust Days of Remembrance Week.

The first event –  Sunday, April 12, 2015, 8:00 pm at Young Israel of Hollywood
Film : Transport XX to Auschwitz

Avi Mizrachi – “This film is a documentary film that probably documented the only attempt by … any underground [to attack] … a transport train that was taking Belgium Jews to Auschwitz. They managed to stop the train and about two hundred people escaped. This is really a unique story, that was shot on location, and actually … interviewed some of the survivors that managed to be rescued and survived. …
And the other thing about this particular event : One of the film producers – Mr. Richard Bloom – who is actually living in Palm Beach – wil join us immediately following the film to share … how he with a Dutch producer [ Mr. Michel van der Burg ] went about to produce this film. …
And, in addition, we have … a high school teacher from Belgium [ Mr. Philippe Renette ] who is visiting us this particular week – and he teaches holocaust history in his public high school [ Institut Saint-Sépulcre ] in Liège [ Belgium ]. …
He will join us as well – because he met some of the survivors and invited them to his school to share with the students.
So it … [ will ] give the public an amazing access to … not just the film itself , but to the people that actually were involved in the production of it .. and the teaching of the subject. …
That film shows the bravery of a handful of people who despite the horrible … the odds – they went to attack a transport – a nazi train – and it’s the only documented event in the holocaust. …
This is the lesson that hopefully the people will take from that kind of film : that despite the horrible things happening around us .. if you have the courage, you can change things, and you can save people …

The second event – Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 pm at Temple Sinai of Hollywood – Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day Program
Avi Mizrachi – “The second event -a few days later on April 16 – which commemorates the annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance day – we will hold a special program … at Temple Sinai of Hollywood – were we will have holocaust survivors and WW veterans, who will join us to light a special candle … there will be a beautiful program.
And following the program, the public will have an opportunity to sit together with a few holocaust survivors and to listen to their personal stories of what happened to them during the time – and how they managed to stand up and live an amazing life …
And this year will also mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camps.”

Joyce Kaufman – “Thank you Avi. People are still trying to do the right thing, and that’s what the theme of that movie is – fighting unbeatable odds ….”

*Quotes and transcription by Michel van der Burg from the podcast episode “850 WFTL The Joyce Kaufman Show Wednesday 03-25-2015 (Hr. 3)”. From the Joyce Kaufman Show 850 WFTL podcast via iTunes

Event details at site The Joyce Kaufman Show

Event details at site The Joyce Kaufman Show

 

More information – links
Web site 850 WFTL The Joyce Kaufman Show
Web site The Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects
Web site Young Israel of Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale, Florida , US
Program Flyer “Transport XX”
Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz”
Web site Richard Bloom Productions

 

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Screening "Transport XX to Auschwitz " April 2, 2014  with guest speaker Richard Bloom in Temple Anshei Shalom Delray's Vibrant Synagogue of the Future Florida , US (Image ref BUM10046V01) http://www.templeansheishalom.org/upcomingevents.html

Screening “Transport XX to Auschwitz ” April 2, 2014 with guest speaker Richard Bloom in Temple Anshei Shalom – Delray’s Vibrant Synagogue of the Future – Florida , US (Image ref BUM10046V01)

Film tells story of daring attack on train to Auschwitz – Jewish Journal

Simon Gronowski at the spot where he jumped

In a scene from the film “Transport XX to Auschwitz,” Simon Gronowski stands at the spot where he jumped from the train almost 70 years ago. Still : Marc Van Roosbroeck/Michel van der Burg . Click image for link to watch the entire film.

News by Jewish Journal reporter David Schwartz  (October 24, 2012) from the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) .

Transport XX to Auschwitz‘ film tells story of daring attack on train to Auschwitz.

When Rachelle Bashe was a child, she dreamed about her father’s escape from a train carrying Belgian Jews to Auschwitz. Bashe, 77, of Boynton Beach was reminded of her dreams when a reporter called to talk about the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz.” The film will be screened at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival later this month and in early November.

“It’s just unbelievable,” an emotional Bashe said when she realized that her father was one of the more than 200 persons on the 20th train convoy who escaped on the night of April 19, 1943 during a daring attack by three Resistance fighters carrying a red railroad lamp, a pair of pliers and a pistol.

Bashe said her mother told her that her father escaped from a train but never returned home. She eventually learned that he was captured later, survived three concentration camps and died in 1945 during a death march. “It does help in a way that I am realizing that what is in my subconscious is not really a dream or a nightmare,” Bashe said.

Richard Bloom, the film’s director and a Palm Beach Gardens resident, said the story of the attack on the train is well known only in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Bloom said he learned about the attack when he was doing research on events in which Jews fought back against their captors. “It was a little footnote,” he said. “I kind of filed it away in my mind.”

Only one of the three attackers and a few escapees were alive when Bloom and Dutch producer Michel van der Burg started work on the film, which took three years to complete. Simon Gronowski, who jumped from the train as it approached a small hill, is one of the escapees interviewed in the film.

Others appear in interviews from the archives of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

In an email from Holland, Van der Burg said he learned about the attack on the train during a visit to Brussels in February 2009. While he was there, Van der Burg filmed people looking at a display of the portraits of 1,200 people who were on a train to Auschwitz.

When Van der Burg returned home, he created a short video and on the anniversary of the attack, put it on one of his You Tube channels. A special, one minute cut from the video was shown at a theater in Amsterdam two years ago.

After Bloom contacted Van der Burg for permission to use clips from the You Tube video in a documentary about the 20th train convoy, Van der Burg got interested in working on the film.

“I had to further study the Holocaust, and especially the Belgian holocaust,” Van der Burg said. He had no idea at the time that he would work for two years translating and editing interviews, creating subtitles, reporting and interviewing.

Interviews tell the stories of the attack and the escapes.

The filmmakers said the attack on convoy 20 is thought to be the only documented attack on trains that carried more than three million European Jews to concentration and extermination camps during the Shoah.

Trains from Mechelen, Belgium transported more than 25,000 Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau between August 1942 and July 1944. Only about 1,200 survived.

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will screen “Transport XX to Auschwitz” at 4 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Cinema Paradiso, 111 Southeast Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale and at 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Sunrise Civic Center Theater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.

For information and tickets, visit FLIFF.com or call 954-525-3456.

From the Florida Jewish Journal (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) .
Link story: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/florida-jewish-journal/news/palm-beach-county-news/fl-jjps-transportxx-1024-20121024,0,4541453.story

Trailer Transport XX to Auschwitz

NL (dutch) – Film vertelt verhaal van gewaagde aanval op trein naar Auschwitz | DeWereldMorgen.be

Link to full post with all updates on Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz”

Updates

March 2013 – the article is archived only partially (photo missing) at the Sun-Sentinel site
Jan. 16,  2019  – In recent years the SunSentinel site is unavailable in most European countries. Post now updated with full details of the David A. Schwartz 2012 report. Also added links to post Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz”. Trailer now also embedded.
Link to new post on this site in dutch ‘Film vertelt verhaal van gewaagde aanval op trein naar Auschwitz’ , published before in my blog at the Belgian news paper DeWereldMorgen.be