Libérés ~ chanson Didier Jans

① memo 20181012 ~ Libérés ~ chanson Didier Jans
EN – Music video Libérés features the pre-release of the chanson Libérés (‘Released’) by Didier Jans, on the true story of reconciliation between the ex-deported Jew Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel, child from a Nazi family.
This pre-release of this beautiful french song in this music video Libérés celebrates Simon Gronowski’s 87th birthday today and many years of friendship with Koenraad Tinel !
The chanson “Libérés” (Author: Béatrice Dethy – Music and performance: Didier Jans – Arrangement: Mathieu Caseau) will be part of the album “Remettre à zéro les compteurs” expected for release next december by Didier Jans – site http://www.didierjans.com
Didier Jans told me , ‘I would like to circulate the song in high schools for students who go to visit the concentration camps. Teachers often talk to students aged …’ (my translation).
Imagery by Michel van der Burg – thanks to Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim
Libérés ~ Music video (20181012) by Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media | michelvanderburg.com

FR – Le clip Libérés contient la pré-publication de la chanson Libérés de Didier Jans d’après une histoire vécue, celle de la réconciliation entre un ex-déporté juif, Simon Gronowski et celui de Koenraad Tinel, enfant issu d’une famille nazie.
Cette pré-publication de cette belle chanson dans cette vidéo musicale Libérés , célèbre aujourd’hui le 87e anniversaire de Simon Gronowski et ses nombreuses années d’amitié avec Koenraad Tinel !
La chanson “Libérés” (Auteur: Béatrice Dethy – Musique et interprétation: Didier Jans – Arrangeur: Mathieu Caseau) fera partie de l’album “Remettre à zéro les compteurs” dont la sortie est prévue pour décembre prochain – site http: // http://www.didierjans.com/index.html
Didier Jans m’a dit: «”J’aimerais ensuite faire circuler la chanson dans les écoles secondaires pour les étudiants qui partent visiter les camps de concentration. Les professeurs en parlent souvent aux élèves de …” ».
Imagerie de Michel van der Burg – grâce au Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim Libérés ~ Clip (20181012) de Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media

LIBÉRÉS Paroles

Lui sauta du 20ème convoi
Menant par les rails de l’enfer
Sa mère, puis sa sœur, loin là-bas
Dans le brasier des hommes d’Hitler.

Ces nazis lui ont pris les siens,
Voulaient faire de lui un paria.
Il défendra les droits humains,
Au nom des siens sera papa.

L’autre, trop jeune pour adopter
La vision traître de son père,
Verra ses deux frères s’engager
Sous les drapeaux des tortionnaires.

Très petit, il dessinera,
Emprisonné dans son silence,
Par la sculpture, exorcisera
Sa culpabilité immense.

Ces enfants de 9 et 6 ans
Détruits, piétinés par la guerre
Ont du affronter leurs tourments
Et la terreur, en solitaire
Leur vie durant ont traîné
La violence de leur enfance.

Avec les stigmates tatoués
Dans leurs jeun(e)s mémoires innocentes,
Grands-pères, ils se sont rencontrés
Au carrefour de leurs souffrances
Leur passé les a relié
Et allié leurs différences.

Non, jamais ils n’avaient cessé
De remettre tout en question,
D’interroger les faits passés,
Les génocides et leurs raisons.

Que seraient-ils donc devenus,
Quels bourreaux ou quels résistants,
S’ils avaient tous les deux reçu
Un héritage bien différent ?

Ils voulaient vaincre l’ignorance,
Cherchaient à ouvrir leur esprit.
Le respect et la tolérance
Seront plus fort que le mépris.

Témoins de cette barbarie,
Ces ainés, passeurs de mémoire,
Savent qu’au-delà de la folie
Persiste la raison de croire.

Croire à la force du pardon
Et au pouvoir de l’amitié,
Croire que chaque homme peut-être bon
Et tout ennemi réconcilié.

Eux, que tout devait opposer,
Se sont glissés dans l’autre camp,
Cherchant la part d’humanité
Que chacun draine dans son sang.

L’encre de l’espoir dans leurs veines
A dessiné d’autres projets
Changeant la vengeance et la haine
En message d’amour et de paix.
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Robert Clary Story at Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival


① memo 20180919 ~ Robert Clary Story at Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival ~
I have some wonderful news to share today.
Our documentary “From Buchenwald to Hollywood – The Robert Clary Story” will have its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF).
This year the 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will take place November 2 -18.
The festival screens films in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, and the Bahamas and is considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S.
So once we have more information regarding screenings I will post it on my website.

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 produced 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 thirteen members of his family were rounded up in Paris, France and deported by the Nazis to concentration camps. He was the only one of 14 immediate family members 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 Richard Bloom Productions’ documentary : From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story .
More at Richard Bloom Productions http://richardbloomproductions.com

Bunker Tiger Terschelling


① memo 20180611 ~ Bunker Tiger Terschelling ~ NL (English below) : Film ter gelegenheid van Bunker Dag afgelopen weekend. Verhalen van de bunkers van Terschelling , de Tiger Stelling en meer … door gids Peter de Jong bij aanvang rondleiding Bunker Museum Terschelling – Stichting Bunkerbehoud Terschelling.
EN : Film on the occasion of the Bunker Day last weekend. Stories by volunteer guide Peter de Jong on the former Luftwaffe Radar site “TIGER Stellung” and other bunkers on the Wadden Isle Terschelling , Netherlands
Filmed (with Sony RX100M2 & ECM-XYST1M mic) September 2017 at the Bunker Museum Terschelling – http://bunkersterschelling.nl – by Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com

Free Press


① memo 20180504 ~ Free Press ~ Commemoration of the war victims who lost their lives for a free press and freedom of speech at the monument by sculptor Rooijackers at the facade of the international press centre Nieuwspoort (English: news gate) today , May 4th, the dutch day of Remembrance of the World War II victims , The Hague , Holland

PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt

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! Push!
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

The Art Of War – Transport XX


① memo 20180216 ~ The Art Of War – Transport XX ~ Portraits of 17 people liberated from a cattle car of Transport XX to Auschwitz, 19 April 1943 in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium, by three young men – Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon. Video of a photomontage (still) submitted today for The Art of War exhibition in Kazerne Dossin (BE) by Michel van der Burg

Miracles


① memo 20180215 ~ Miracles ~ Today ‘Miracles’ is announced : our title for the upcoming documentary on Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel !

Today, also, we announce the birth of the Miracles•Media site and new film house !
Miracles•Media is first and foremost for promotion of the Miracles documentary film, and will further serve as platform and online portfolio of other productions.

“Ma vie n’est que de miracles” – My life is only miracles – Simon Gronowski.