Tony


① memo 20180516 ~ Tony ~ Today I learned about Tony Edelstein, when I started reading again in the autobiography ‘Cello met één snaar’ (Cello with one string) of the well known dutch comedian , stage artist, Abraham Bueno de Mesquita – whose comic talents saved his life. Bueno’s ability to even play a one string cello combined with his mimical talents saved him from deportation from the Dossin Barracks (Kazerne Dossin) in Mechelen, Belgium , when the camp commander was looking for musicians. He remained imprisoned for 2 years , working in Kazerne Dossin. His wife Tony , however , was deported right away but escaped from that 20th death train (Transport XX) to Auschwitz – together with her twin sister Adela – near St. Truiden , where she survived the war working for a local general practitioner. Later today , after more research , I recognized Tony (3rd row last portrait on the right) and Adela (2nd row from top , 2nd portrait counting from right to left) on the billboards with passport photos (from the State Archives, Brussels) of the people that escaped from Transport XX – filmed last month following the commemoration of the attack on Transport XX in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium.

Last message Régine Krochmal


① memo 20180513 ~ Last message Régine Krochmal ~ Last message (in Dutch) from Régine Krochmal as pronounced posthumously by Kurt Baert (Boortmeerbeek) during the Transport XX commemoration May 13 , 2012 in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium .
Régine Krochmal who in 1943 courageously escaped from the 20th train from Mechelen to Auschwitz – had asked Kurt Baert to deliver her speech , shortly before she died May 11 , 2012 – two days before the commemoration.
Other posts at my michelvanderburg.com site on Régine Krochmal here http://bit.ly/2Gbh5QH
① memo 20180513 ~ Last message Régine Krochmal ~ Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media

Speech

Volgens de weerkunde en de astrologie is de vrolijke lente aangebroken met een pracht aan bloemen, met een adembenemende schoonheid, met een deugddoende warmte en met intense vreugde. Nochtans…
Lang geleden waren er lieden die het leven van andere mensen wilden verwoesten, zowel vrouwen en kinderen als mannen. Zonder onderscheid wilden ze hen meedogenloos onderwerpen.
Bevelen werden uitgevaardigd door monsters die hun ware identiteit en hun bestaan verborgen hielden om aan de macht te kunnen blijven. Monsters die vandaag nog steeds niet uit ons leven zijn verdwenen. Zo werden nog onlangs aan de schoolpoort verscheidene kinderen samen met hun ouders vermoord.
Ik denk terug aan die verschrikkelijke oorlog tijdens de periode 1940 – 1945 die overheerst werd door angst, terrorisme, foltering, moord, valse informatie en onderdrukking van verworven vrijheden.
Die gruwelijke oorlog heeft het leven van miljoenen mensen vernietigd. Maar de vijand slaagde er niet in alle slachtoffers te knechten. Deze monsterlijke duivels hebben hun doelstellingen niet bereikt. Vele vrouwen, mannen en jongelingen, hebben verbeten strijd geleverd voor de vrijheid van hun bestaan.
Robert Maistriau (christen), Youra Livschitz (Jood) en Jean Franklemon (vrijzinnige) hebben de grootsheid van hun daden bewezen. Zonder wapens en zonder bloedvergieten hebben ze de rijkdom van het leven benut die in elke mens aanwezig is.
Ik ben van mening dat ieder van ons die vrede, die vreugde, dat geluk weer kan doen opbloeien zonder oorlog of moordpartijen. We moeten echter waakzaam blijven om de kern van de haat geen kans te bieden zich verder te ontplooien!
We zijn allen geboren met lege handen. En we zullen allen met lege handen terugkeren…. Zowel zij die een geloof of een levensbeschouwing aankleven als zij die zich verbonden voelen met de natuur, met de fauna en flora. We moeten allen trachten onszelf te ontdekken en elkaar te begrijpen als gelijkwaardige en aanvullende wezens.
We kunnen allen bijdragen om van deze wereld weer een haven van vrede, vreugde en liefde te maken en zo de weg te effenen naar ons eigen geluk en dat van onze medemens.
Ik houd eraan de gemeente Boortmeerbeek te danken voor deze herdenking, evenals de heer Burgemeester en alle medewerkers. Aan u allen hier aanwezig zou ik willen vragen vooral niet te vergeten dat de kiem tot ware heldendom zich in ieder van ons bevindt en dat wij er persoonlijk verantwoordelijk voor zijn deze te blijven koesteren.

Régine Krochmal
Brussel – Boortmeerbeek, 13 mei 2012

Text speech thanks to Jan Hertogen http://bit.ly/2KT6aPf

Miracles Song


The Crescendo choir (conductor : Urbain Van Asch) sings “When You Believe” during the Transport XX commemoration April 22 , 2018 in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium ① memo 20180430 ~ Miracles Song ~ Film : Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media

Hands


① memo 20180429 ~ Hands ~ This work by the Belgian sculptor Etienne Desmet is a tribute to the brave attack in Boortmeerbeek by the three young men Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon , on the ‘Transport XX’ deportation train – a cattle car train crammed with Jewish passengers, heading for Auschwitz. The story is told in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/ With ‘Last Post’ by Boortmeerbeek’s trumpet player Freddy Verschuren .
Filmed last Sunday at the Transport XX commemoration April 22 , 2018 in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium

Into the Woods

① memo 20180424 ~ Into the Woods ~ 75 years later at the site of the attack on the deportation train ‘Transport XX’ – a cattle car train crammed with 1631 Jewish passengers, heading for Auschwitz.
Here in the woods near Haacht in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium, the night of April 19, 1943, three young men from Brussels – Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon – attacked and stopped this cattle car train, succeeded in opening one of the cars and liberate 17 people. Another more than 200 others could jump out also before the train reached the German border.
Site was filmed (Sony Alpha A7 III with Sennheiser MKE 440) ca 50 meters from the rails into the woods , last Sunday April 22, 2018, Boortmeerbeek , Belgium
Note , last sunday another video called ‘Mood’ showed the attack site at the rail.

The story is told in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/

Full of Life … Escape from Transport XX


① memo 20180419 ~ Full of Life … Escape from Transport XX ~ Today 75 years ago , that night of April 19th, 1943 in Belgium , Elias Gnazik helped jump the pregnant Isabella Weinreb from the fast moving 20th train heading for Auschwitz. Viviane – meaning ‘full of life’ – was born 6 months later.
Discussion – moderated by Ingrid Vander Veken – of Simone Korkus’ dutch book “Het dienstmeisje van Degrelle” on 15 oktober 2017 in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium.
This new short film (with english captions / partly english spoken) highlights our discussion in that ‘Literary Cafe’ on Oct. 15, 2017 in Kazerne Dossin, of Elias’ rescue of Isabella and Vivian ; it continues with our visit later to the Kazerne Dossin portrait wall (portrait’s of deported people) with Simone Korkus and Jan Maes (the first to point Simone to Hannah’s story) ; and ends with me having a short improvised talk in english with a visitor’s couple .
Film ① memo 20180419 ~ Full of Life ~ Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com | miracles.media

Isabella Weinreb Castegnier was three-months pregnant that night – 75 years ago – on April 19th, 1943 in Belgium – when she froze the moment she had to jump from the fast moving 20th train heading for Auschwitz ( Transport XX to Auschwitz ). The man waiting in line behind her , did not hesitate for a moment , and embracing her from behind , pushed her out – jumping together they both landed in a ditch.

Isabella escaped with a broken wrist and bruises all over her body, but otherwise without major injuries. Her daughter Viviane – meaning “full of life”, and named so for her will to live and hold tight in her mother’s womb – was born six months later on October 30, 1943.

That man saving Isabella and Viviane was Elias Gnazik – we discovered recently in a joint effort – when Simone Korkus had almost finished her book about the life of Elias’ daughter Hannah Gnazik , and contacted me to find out who that woman was that Elias Gnazik helped jump and escape from that cattle car of Transport XX to Auschwitz. For Simone it was a great honor to bring Hannah and Viviane together – the child of the rescuer , and the child of the rescued pregnant woman.
This new story became the epilogue in Simone’s book , written in dutch , called ‘Het Dienstmeisje Van Degrelle’.
During the discussion at the presentation of Simone’s newest book – interviewed by Ingrid Vander Veken – in the Kazerne Dossin museum I asked Simone to tell us something about this spectacular story of the probably youngest that escaped that death train.

Background

Simone Korkus (author , reporter) contacted me via facebook messenger May 2016 asking for information about Mrs Lilly (Wolkenfeld) Schwartz , and telling me Mrs Schwartz had escaped from Transport XX from the same car as Elias Gnazik , the father of Hannah (Gnazik) Nadel.
Simone had actually finished the writing of the story of Hannah (Gnazik) Nadel for her new dutch book “Het dienstmeisje van Degrelle.” but felt she would like to get to know more about Hannah’s father Elias activities in the war.
Mrs Lilly (Wolkenfeld) Schwartz had helped me and Richard from 2011 with our documentary Transport XX to Auschwitz (published 2012, a film by Karen Lynne & Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg). Mrs Schwartz, unfortunately, had passed away in 2014 .
However , I could help Simone with the story of Mrs Schwartz’s friend Isabella – who had escaped too , right after Mrs Schwartz’s jumped from that car – while being pregnant – with a baby born 6 months after that escape, and named Viviane , meaning ‘full of life’ !
That miraculous story I had first worked on and published together with Viviane in 2014.
Further research by Simone , with the help of Viviane and the researchers of Kazerne Dossin, let Simone to the insight that Isabella had been that pregnant woman Elias Gnazik had helped jumping , and he thus , too had saved Viviane’s life !
Simone Korkus details this beautiful finding and miraculous story in a final chapter – the Epilogue – of her new book , the research , findings , conclusion and her witnessing the emotional meeting of the daughters of the rescuer and rescued in Ramat Gan , Israel.

Sources / links

Viviane Castegnier Yarom & Michel van der Burg (2014) Escape from Transport XX – to be born 6 months later – Viviane’s story.
Michel van der Burg online publication (michelvanderburg.com) link https://wp.me/p14gqN-nq

Simone Korkus (2017) “Het dienstmeisje van Degrelle. Hoe Hannah Nadel de oorlog overleefde” Paperback ISBN 978-94-6310-093-9 / E-book ISBN 978-94-6310-300-8
Polis publisher – fragment online – https://issuu.com/uitgeverijpolis/docs/preview_het_dienstmeisje_van_degrel

Book presentation – On Oct. 15th , 2017 , Simone Korkus presented her book in Kazerne Dossin , in a ‘Literary Cafe’ conversation with colleague author Ingrid Vander Veken. I published a full video report of that conversation Nov 4, 2017 . All in dutch. Het Dienstmeisje Van Degrelle – Presentatie – link https://wp.me/p14gqN-nhp

Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” (2012) A film by Karen Lynne & Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg https://wp.me/p14gqN-hA

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