As for the three young Belgian Resistance members who stopped the train, Youra Livschitz was captured later and executed. What can we expect for 2021's Oscars ceremony? Robert Maistriau, one of the resistance members, recalled that terrifying moment later in his memoirs. On the night of 5 April 1944, Siegfried Lederer, a Czech Jew, escaped from the Auschwitz concentration camp wearing an SS uniform provided by SS-Rottenführer Viktor Pestek. "My parents had made a mistake - only one, but a serious one, which was… to have been born Jewish - a crime that, at the time, could only be punished by death," he says. After stumbling upon an amazing photograph at WWII veteran's home, a history teacher from a small New York town embarks on a search to discover the extraordinary rescue story behind it. The Spring of 1943 was a desperate season for the Jews of Brussels. Together, they must put together the necessary supplies in the camp without being caught, manage to get outside the wires without getting shot, and then make their way to the Resistance in Slovakia. Simon was reunited that night with his father, a shopkeeper, although they spent the remaining years of the war hidden separately by Catholic families. He was one of the very few to escape … Madame Schächter, a middle-aged woman who is on the train with her ten-year-old son, soon cracks under the oppressive treatment to which the Jews are subjected. Conditions inside the train were atrocious. All non-Aryans—especially Jews like Jacob and his family—are treated like dogs.When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. I love his books and though this is not his best it is certainly a gripping tale. The Israeli premiere of 72-year-old Lindwer’s film, The Train Journey, at the Jerusalem Cinematheque on January 28 (6:30 p.m.), is part of this year’s International Holocaust Day events. However, Aerts had no intention of betraying Simon. I speak to bear witness, to combat anti-Semitism, all forms of discrimination and Holocaust denial; to honour the dead and the heroes who saved my life - Jan Aerts, who risked certain death in protecting me, the Catholic families who hid me during the war, and my mother, the first of my heroes.". Sakis Mitrolidis / AFP / Getty Images Holocaust survivor Moshe Aelion at the old railway station in Thessaloniki, Greece, on March 18, 2018, during a commemoration marking the departure of the first train from the northern Greek city to Auschwitz. The bodies of three escapees were lying in the police station at that very moment. It was a French train… But resistance fighters stopped the train. Votes: 8,731 | Gross: $0.15M I didn't decide what to do, it was a reflex. Leon Gronowski died within months of the end of the war. “The nineteenth train departed the Mechelen camp on the fifteenth of January,” his uncle continued. "There was no food, no drink. But as a Holocaust survivor, Mr. Gronowski had faced death more intimately before. Read about Escaping the Train to Auschwitz by Witness and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Simon Gronowski, an 11-year-old Jewish boy in 1943, was one of the few who managed to escape a train headed for the gas chambers of Auschwitz. He plays jazz. By Althea Williams and Sarah Ehrlich BBC News. Today he lives in Brussels and still practises law. "We were packed like a herd of cattle. The SS guards obeyed and the car drove to freedom – allowing the men to become four of only 144 prisoners to successfully escape Auschwitz. "People were randomly hit sometimes just for the crime of 'looking Jewish', so you had to keep a low profile," says Gronowski. "I speak about what happened to me so that you will protect freedom in your country," he explains to children. US parties wrangle after Trump shuns Covid bill, Man accused of Daniel Pearl murder to be freed. I shone my torch into the carriage and pale and frightened faces stared back at me. A … The 20th convoy was unique in that there was an attempt to rescue the deportees. Chana Gronowski gave her son a 100-franc note which he rolled and slid into his sock, then she pushed towards the door. It was unique in being the only convoy from which there was what could be called a mass breakout. His older sister Ita - born in Belgium and already 18 - had Belgian citizenship and was therefore taken in a separate convoy. I remember feeling surprised that it could go so fast with 35 cars being towed. 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