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 20180125 ~ 1st Sketch Composition Art Of War ~ A 1st sketch of my photo composition – a train car with (rescued) deportees during the holocaust – for the Art Of War competition by the Kazerne Dossin museum in Mechelen , Belgium – the final work will be a photo after some more rearrangements of the portraits and some more color , light editing (some blending options shown here in this video).
A different composition ( mvdb20110422_transport-XX ) was first published Jan 27th, 2013 on my michelvanderburg.com site in “We have the right to escape“
① memo 20171117 ~ Till Eulenspiegel ~ 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 marionette Till Eulenspiegel (Tijl Uilenspiegel) – and Robin Hood which I published previously [ https://michelvanderburg.com/2017/07/29/lons-puppet-show/
] . However, Lon was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 , before the puppet show could took place. Filmed November 15, 2013 in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium.
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.
One minute slow-motion of the moment the 9-year-old Settela Steinbach peeks outside in the cattle car door opening on the Westerbork death train bound for Auschwitz – May 19 , 1944 . ① memo 20170725 Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com
( unbranded version of video added today to the archives of The One Minutes / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision )
① memo 20170722 ~ Camp Westerbork Filmed ~ In the mail today the dutch book “Kamp Westerbork gefilmd” published in 1997 (ISBN 9023232658) – that I bought secondhand – detailing how the Westerbork concentration camp (in Holland) was filmed by the jewish prisoner filmmaker Rudolf Breslauer and coworkers, and what happened with his rushes later.