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TransportXX to Auschwitz Poster

During the Shoah, the Nazis, in their quest for the final solution of the Jewish question, utilized thousands of trains from Germany and the occupied countries to transport 3,000,000 Jews to the concentration and death camps.

This is the little known, true story of a most remarkable and heroic rescue attempt which occurred on April 19, 1943, the first night of Passover, at the same time that the Warsaw Ghetto uprising began, some 720 miles away.

On that night, Transport XX departed Mechelen, Belgium at 10 p.m. with 1631 Jewish men, women and children for AuschwitzII-Birkenau.

Half an hour later, it was stopped by three young Belgians armed with only 1 pistol, pliers and a hurricane lamp.

This was the only documented attack on a death train during the Shoah.

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We are proud to have had the film premiere at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. It was shown on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale and Saturday, November 3at 3:15 p.m. at the Sunrise Civic Theatre, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise, FL.



Simon Gronowski at the place where he jumped from Transport XX

In a scene from the film “Transport XX to Auschwitz,” Simon Gronowski stands at the spot where he jumped from the train almost 70 years ago. (photo by
Marc Van Roosbroeck, October 24, 2012

By David A. Schwartz, Staff Writer, Florida Jewish Journal, October 24, 2012

When Rachelle Bashe was a child, she dreamed about her father's escape from a train carrying Belgian Jews to Auschwitz. Bashe, 77, of Boynton Beach was reminded of her dreams when a reporter called to talk about the documentary film "Transport XX to Auschwitz." The film will be screened at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival later this month and in early November.

"It's just unbelievable," an emotional Bashe said when she realized that her father was one of the more than 200 persons on the 20th train convoy who escaped on the night of April 19, 1943 during a daring attack by three Resistance fighters carrying a red railroad lamp, a pair of pliers, and a pistol.

Bashe said her mother told her that her father escaped from a train but never returned home. She eventually learned that he was captured later, survived three concentration camps and died in 1945 during a death march. "It does help in a way that I am realizing that what is in my subconscious is not really a dream or a nightmare," Bashe said.

Richard Bloom, the film's director and a Palm Beach Gardens resident, said the story of the attack on the train is well known only in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Bloom said he learned about the attack when he was doing research on events in which Jews fought back against their captors. "It was a little footnote," he said. "I kind of filed it away in my mind."

Only one of the three attackers and a few escapees were alive when Bloom and Dutch producer Michel van der Burg started work on the film, which took three years to complete. Simon Gronowski, who jumped from the train as it approached a small hill, is one of the escapees interviewed in the film.

Others appear in interviews from the archives of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

In an email from Holland, Van der Burg said he learned about the attack on the train during a visit to Brussels in February 2009. While he was there, Van der Burg filmed people looking at a display of the portraits of 1,200 people who were on a train to Auschwitz.

When Van der Burg returned home, he created a short video and on the anniversary of the attack, put it on one of his You Tube channels. A special, one minute cut from the video was shown at a theater in Amsterdam two years ago.

After Bloom contacted Van der Burg for permission to use clips from the You Tube video in a documentary about the 20th train convoy, Van der Burg got interested in working on the film.

"I had to further study the Holocaust, and especially the Belgian holocaust," Van der Burg said. He had no idea at the time that he would work for two years translating and editing interviews, creating subtitles, reporting and interviewing.

Interviews tell the stories of the attack and the escapes.

The filmmakers said the attack on convoy 20 is thought to be the only documented attack on trains that carried more than three million European Jews to concentration and extermination camps during the Shoah.

Trains from Mechelen, Belgium transported more than 25,000 Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau between August 1942 and July 1944. Only about 1,200 survived.

 



Available for Jewish Film festivals, non-profit groups and high school and college Holocaust education and Jewish Studies Programs.



Our first film, VOLUNTEER! 

a spoof and tribute to volunteers, premiered at the Delray Beach Film Festival, on May 24, 2009 and is available for showings at film festivals and by organizations as a way to honor and thank their volunteers.

2009 Delray Beach Film Festival


Shown at the 1st annual Lake Worth film festival on September 19, 2010.

 


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