SIMON GRONOWSKI PUSH & PIANO

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NL – SIMON GRONOWSKI PUSH & PIANO
Simon Gronowski’s speech over de PUSH Opera … het genie van Howard Moody, de vele mensen rond de wieg van dit wonder … de emotie van koningin Mathilde van België, en speelt piano tijdens de herdenking van 2019 van Transport XX in Boortmeerbeek.

De nieuwste – nu virtuele – uitvoering van de community opera PUSH met meer dan 150 zangers uit de vier casts en koren uit het Groot Brittanië en België werd vorige week door iedereen thuis zelf opgenomen en is nu online te zien sinds de première op 19 april 2020 hier deze link https://youtu.be/-sm1rI-j5iE precies 77 jaar nadat Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau en Jean Franklemon Transport XX stopten.

De PUSH-opera is gebaseerd op het verhaal van Simon Gronowski. En het nieuwe virtuele optreden ‘PUSH’ is ook uniek met het nu integreren van beelden van Simon’s leven.

Transport XX herdenking in Boortmeerbeek, België (2019)
Muziek: Simon Gronowski op piano
Film: Simon Gronowski Push & Piano (20200422) Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

EN – SIMON GRONOWSKI PUSH & PIANO
Simon Gronowski speaks – in dutch and french – on the PUSH Opera … the genius of Howard Moody, the many people around the crib of this miracle … the emotion of Queen Mathilde of Belgium , and plays the piano during the 2019 commemoration of the attack of the 20th convoy – Transport XX – on stage in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium.

The latest – now virtual – performance of community opera PUSH with more than 150 singers from the four casts and choruses form the UK & Belgium was made last week by all at home, and is now screening online from the premiere the 19th April 2020 here https://youtu.be/-sm1rI-j5iE … exactly 77 years after the three Brussels resistance heroes Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon stopped the Nazi train Transport XX, transporting 1600 Jewish deportees to Auschwitz, and more than 200 prisoners escaped from the train before the German border – that attack is unique in the history of the Holocaust.

The PUSH opera is based on Simon Gronowski’s story. And the new virtual performance film ‘PUSH’ is unique also in now integrating images of Simon’s life – the 11 year old Jewish boy who was pushed from the train – Transport XX – by his mother on the way to Auschwitz , April 19th, 1943.

Commemoration attack Transport XX in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium (2019). Music : Simon Gronowski on piano.
Film : Simon Gronowski Push & Piano (20200422) Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

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2020023 – update : dutch text added

Virtual Opera PUSH Epilogue ~ Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles

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Online virtual PUSH Opera – Finale with giant choir – Lockdown 2020 🇧🇪 🇬🇧

Online premiere April 19, 2020 – A virtual performance online now of the epilogue of community opera PUSH , entitled : Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles | My life is only miracles – hosted by composer Howard Moody.
More than 150 singers from the UK & Belgium have recorded the finale of PUSH and film editor Shogo Hino has edited the result into a virtual performance uniting the four casts and choruses.

Screening started in the night of the 19th April 2020, exactly 77 years after three Brussels resistance heroes stopped the Nazi train Transport XX,  transporting 1600 Jewish deportees to Auschwitz, and  more than 200 prisoners escaped from the train before the German border.

Based on Simon Gronowski’s story
Epilogue from the opera PUSH – based on the story of Simon Gronowski – an 11 year old Jewish boy who was pushed from the train – Transport XX – by his mother on the way to Auschwitz.

A virtual performance during the April 2020 Corona virus lockdown by members of the casts from previous productions of PUSH in Battle, Chichester, Salisbury, London and Brussels.

Composer and librettist Howard Moody on piano, Carlos Bruneel on flute, and with the soloists James Newby, Sheva Tehoval, Tereza Gevorgyan, Ivan Ludlow, Lars Thorkildsen, Ciaran o’Donovan and Eleanor Farmer.
Soundmix and additional production by Adrian Zolotuhin.
Film editing by Shogo Hino.

Howard Moody Website – https://www.howardmoody.co.uk/

Additional video work from the Miracles project by Michel van der Burg ~ miracles.media ~ and Richard & Karen Bloom.

With special thanks to Simon Gronowski, and Linda Lovrovic, Sue Kent, Sally Lampitt, Chris Stones, Jill Hoskings, Claire Apel, Jo Nicolai, Philippe Paque, Benoît Giaux, Andrea Frankenthal, and Sarah Ehrlich.

In memory of the three members of the Belgian resistance Jean Franklemon, Robert Maistriau and Youra Livschitz, whose bravery in April 1943 saved the lives of many, as our health workers continue to do today.

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Online virtuele PUSH Opera – Finale met gigantisch koor – Lockdown 2020 🇧🇪 🇬🇧

Een virtuele voorstelling – nu online – van de epiloog van de community opera PUSH, getiteld: Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles | Mijn leven is slechts mirakels – gehost door componist Howard Moody.

Meer dan 150 zangers uit het VK en België hebben de finale van PUSH opgenomen en filmeditor Shogo Hino heeft het resultaat bewerkt tot een virtuele uitvoering die de vier casts en koren verenigt.

De online vertoning begon in de nacht van 19 april 2020, precies 77 jaar nadat drie Brusselse verzetshelden de nazi-trein Transport XX stopten – die 1600 Joodse gedeporteerden naar Auschwitz vervoerde –  waarbij meer dan 200 gevangenen uit de trein ontsnapten nog voor de Duitse grens.

Gebaseerd op het verhaal van Simon Gronowski.

Finale uit de opera PUSH – gebaseerd op het verhaal van Simon Gronowski – een 11-jarige Brusselse joodse jongen, die  door zijn moeder uit de Transport XX trein naar Auschwitz werd geduwd.

Een virtuele uitvoering tijdens de  Corona-virus lockdown in april 2020 door leden van de casts uit eerdere producties van PUSH in Battle, Chichester, Salisbury, Londen en Brussel.

Componist en librettist Howard Moody op piano, Carlos Bruneel op fluit en met de solisten James Newby, Sheva Tehoval, Tereza Gevorgyan, Ivan Ludlow, Lars Thorkildsen, Ciaran o’Donovan en Eleanor Farmer.

Soundmix en aanvullende productie door Adrian Zolotuhin.

Film editing door Shogo Hino.

Howard Moody-website – https://www.howardmoody.co.uk/

Extra videowerk uit het Miracles-project van Michel van der Burg ~ miracles.media ~ en Richard & Karen Bloom.

Met speciale dank aan Simon Gronowski en Linda Lovrovic, Sue Kent, Sally Lampitt, Chris Stones, Jill Hoskings, Claire Apel, Jo Nicolai, Philippe Paque, Benoît Giaux, Andrea Frankenthal en Sarah Ehrlich.

Ter nagedachtenis aan de drie leden van het Belgische verzet Jean Franklemon, Robert Maistriau en Youra Livschitz, wiens moed in april 1943 het leven van velen heeft gered, zoals onze gezondheidswerkers vandaag de dag nog steeds doen.

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Opéra virtuel PUSH en ligne – Finale avec choeur géant – Lockdown 2020 🇧🇪 🇬🇧

Une performance virtuelle en ligne de l’épilogue de l’opéra communautaire PUSH, intitulée: Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles – mise en musique par le compositeur Howard Moody.

Plus de 150 chanteurs du Royaume-Uni et de Belgique ont enregistré la finale de PUSH et le monteur Shogo Hino a édité le résultat en une performance virtuelle réunissant les quatre castings et chœurs.

La mise en ligne a commencé dans la nuit du 19 avril 2020, exactement 77 ans après que trois héros de la résistance bruxelloise aient arrêté le Vingtième Convoi nazi transportant 1600 déportés juifs à Auschwitz, et que plus de 200 prisonniers se soient échappés du train avant la frontière allemande.

Basé sur l’histoire de Simon Gronowski.

Épilogue de l’opéra PUSH – basé sur l’histoire de Simon Gronowski – un garçon juif de 11 ans qui a été poussé du train – le Vingtième Convoi – par sa mère sur le chemin d’Auschwitz.

Une performance virtuelle lors du confinement imposé par le Coronavirus en avril 2020 par des membres des castings des productions précédentes de PUSH à Battle, Chichester, Salisbury, Londres et Bruxelles.

Le compositeur et librettiste Howard Moody au piano, Carlos Bruneel à la flûte et les solistes James Newby, Sheva Tehoval, Tereza Gevorgyan, Ivan Ludlow, Lars Thorkildsen, Ciaran o’Donovan et Eleanor Farmer.

Mixage et post-production par Adrian Zolotuhin.

Montage du film par Shogo Hino.

Site Web de Howard Moody – https://www.howardmoody.co.uk/

Œuvre vidéo supplémentaire du projet Miracles de Michel van der Burg ~ miracles.media ~ et Richard & Karen Bloom.

Remerciements particuliers à Simon Gronowski et Linda Lovrovic, Sue Kent, Sally Lampitt, Chris Stones, Jill Hoskings, Claire Apel, Jo Nicolai, Philippe Paque, Benoît Giaux, Andrea Frankenthal et Sarah Ehrlich.

En mémoire des trois membres de la résistance belge Jean Franklemon, Robert Maistriau et Youra Livschitz, dont la bravoure en avril 1943 a sauvé la vie de beaucoup, comme notre personnel actif dans le secteur des soins de santé continue de le faire aujourd’hui.

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20200420 – update text – added dutch & french text section (merci Philippe Renette pour la relecture du texte français de cet article).

Ateliers Monnaie PUSH

Ateliers Monnaie PUSH
Kids enter the Brussels’ Ateliers La Monnaie / De Munt last year March 14 , 2019 , for the Belgian premiere of the community opera PUSH – a community project – based on the story of Simon Gronowski , holocaust survivor and a Brussels resident. The Belgian queen Mathilde was attended by Simon Gronowski and family. After the show , just before all had left, Amos Suchecki (from the chorus Choeurs d’enfants de la Monnaie) sings me this song a cappella in the hallway – here in the background of this video clip.

April 19th 2020 – Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles –
Tomorrow, April 19th 2020, a special virtual performance of the finale of PUSH – “Ma Vie N’est Que Miracles” – will premiere Online hosted by Howard Moody, Composer – with more than 150 singers from the UK and Belgium (Bexhill, Brussels, Chichester and Salisbury) – exactly 77 years after Simon Gronowski was helped by his mother Chana to jump from the 20th train to Auschwitz after three Resistance heroes stopped this Nazi train transporting 1600 Jewish deportees.
Film : Ateliers Monnaie PUSH (20200418) Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Transport XX ~ Mark De Geest

Transport XX ~ Mark De Geest
NL – Transport XX . Bestemming Auschwitz. Een historische roman van Mark De Geest (1951) filmmaker in Belgie. Uitgever Horizon. Paperback 9789492958365 E-book 9789492958372 . Vandaag uitgekomen.
Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog werden in België meer dan 25.000 Joden vanuit de Dossinkazerne in Mechelen per trein naar Auschwitz gedeporteerd. Drie jongemannen uit Brussel besluiten tot actie over te gaan en beramen een levensgevaarlijk plan om een volgende trein te stoppen en zoveel mogelijk gevangenen te bevrijden. Op 19 april 1943 vertrekt Jodentransport XX met 1.631 mannen, vrouwen en kinderen. Gewapend met slechts één pistool staan de drie jongemannen klaar om de trein tot stoppen te dwingen…
Meer dan 10 jaar geleden al raakte Mark De Geest geboeid door de overval op Transport XX. Hij hoopte er een film over te maken, en die plannen liggen nog op tafel, maar eerst is er nu deze historische roman.

Transport XX ~ Mark De Geest
EN – Historical novel (Dutch language) ‘Transport XX . Destination Auschwitz’ by Belgian filmmaker and author Mark De Geest .
More than 10 years ago Mark De Geest became fascinated by the attack on Transport XX. He hoped to make a film about it, and those plans are still in place , but he now publishes this historical novel first. Paperback 9789492958365 E-book 9789492958372 available from today.
I preordered all , and expect the e-book in the Apple Book Store later today (March 13, 2020).

English intro below from the online documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/ .

During the Nazi occupation of Belgium 28 train convoys with over 25,000 Jews and 351 Roma left Mechelen towards the Auschwitz extermination camp.
On the night of April 19, 1943, the 20th transport headed East with 1631 Jewish passengers crammed into 40 cattle cars.
This ‘Transport XX’ left the Mechelen transit camp ‘Kazerne Dossin’ at 10 pm. and was attacked and stopped some 30 minutes later outside Brussels – near Boortmeerbeek.
Armed with only 1 pistol, pliers and an improvised red hurricane lamp the three young Belgians Robert Maistriau, Jean Franklemon, and Youra Livschitz – old schoolmates – stopped the train by putting the red lamp in the middle of rails. They were able to open one of the cattle cars and liberated 17 men and women. Another more than 200 prisoners escape from the train before the German border.

Book : Transport XX – Bestemming Auschwitz. Mark De Geest ISBN 9789492958365 | horizon.be
Film : 20200313 Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com

Ashes Pond

Ashes Pond
An unforgettable moment for me that ‘touching the ash pond’ I filmed in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, were I was filming Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel, May 2012, for the upcoming documentary film Miracles.
Into this pond were dumped the ashes of the people, who were murdered (gassed) and burned at the nearby crematorium.
Sharing this moment today for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz camps. Courtesy of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim, Poland. Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp in Poland, May 24th 2012.
Film : Ashes Pond (20200127) Michel van der Burg | miracles.media

Embrace ~ Google Maps

Embrace ~ Google Maps
Google message ‘Your added place is making a difference’:
On the map 10,000 views today Jan. 21, 2020 at the ‘Embrace’ landmark I added the day before the inauguration of the work of art EMBRACE (October 26, 2018) by Koenraad Tinel – translation of his remarkable friendship with lawyer Simon Gronowski – at the foot of the Basilica Koekelberg in Ganshoren , Brussels , Belgium.
Watch the original panorama here – https://michelvanderburg.com/2018/10/26/embrace/
The place needed a more recent photo – that I added today 😉
Embrace – art by Koenraad Tinel in Ganshoren , Brussels , Belgium.
Film : 20200121 Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com | miracles.media

Jazzman ~ Simon Gronowski & Woody Allen ~ Aftermovie


Aftermovie of that swinging Saturday night June 22th 2019 when Woody Allen invites the Brussels Jazzman – holocaust survivor – Simon Gronowski to play with him and The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band in the Bozar theater in front of some 2200 people in Brussels, Belgium.

Simon Gronowski was only 11 years old when he jumped from the XXth death train to Auschwitz , and an orphan after the war … jazz helped Simon find his way – watch Simon’s story in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – online here http://bit.ly/1fqFdOb

Many thanks to Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band | Simon Gronowski | Sarah Ehrlich | BOZAR | Greenhouse Talent. Film JAZZMAN (20190715) Michel van der Burg | Miracles.Media