① memo 20180413 ~ Simon’s Project ~ Same month editing Simon Gronowski’s Brussels interview April 2011 , Holland
① memo 20180319 ~ PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt ~
Good news ! The community opera PUSH (written by composer Howard Moody) inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski , a boy whose mother pushed him off the ‘Transport XX’ train heading to Auschwitz in 1943 – an action that saved his life and gave the opera its name – is now programmed in Simon’s hometown in March 2019 in the De Munt | La Monnaie opera house of Brussels
Howard had met Simon, now in his 80s, in Brussels and promised to write an opera based on his life. PUSH tells this story but also deals with much broader themes of persecution.
After the world premiere of PUSH in 2016 in the UK , and a recent second performance in , Howard Moody once again brings together professional musicians and amateur performers – both adults and children – from the UK and Belgium in a unique theatrical experience.
Push your child off the edge!
My mother gave birth to me twice
Pushing me towards freedom and life
More info / links
PUSH in Brussels 2019
The full film ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz’ is presented online here at this site
PUSH opera premiere in the UK, 2016
Ma vie n’est que miracles. My life is only miracles
A full documentary on Simon’s life , the film Miracles is in production now – more soon on Miracles.Media
① memo 20180304 ~ Firework Mural Brussels ~ One of the many wall paintings in Brussels (Winter 2009) , Belgium
① memo 20180303 ~ Brussels Mural Curtains ~ One of the many wall paintings in Brussels (Winter 2009) , Belgium
① memo 20180302 ~ Brussels Watch Dog ~ One of several dog portrait paintings in a shop window , winter 2009 , in Brussels , Belgium
① memo 20180301 ~ Brussels Bonbons ~ Self-service Belgian handmade bonbons in ‘La Belgique Gourmande’ , Feb 2009, city center of Brussels, Belgium
① memo 20180228 ~ 1st Brussels Balloon’s Day Parade ~ The 1st Brussels Balloon’s Day Parade and opening of the BRUSSELS 2009 BD COMICS STRIP year , Brussels , Belgium , February 28, 2009