Shlomo Yoske (1924-2017) From Zdunska Wola via WW2 to L.A.
On 15/9/2012 at noon, randomly zapping trough the channels, I filmed with my camera actual events screened on my TV and assembled them in my video clip “While you were dead in Zdunska Wola”, 1941-2012…
Using “Zdunska Wola”, the Polish city of my dead Jewish family (ww2), as the video’s codename not exactly correlated with the accompanying audio track performed by the Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert – reading his poem Przesłanie Pana Cogito (The Envoy of Mr Cogito), were Herbert’s voice plays the role of the musical track remembering me the polish musical intonation of my parents voices (and my dead grandparents in Zdunska Wola 1941). Herbert’s impressing voice is underlined by the “Kinderjohren yiddish song from Cracow” see here.
So… look below: “While you were dead in Zdunska Wola”, 1941-2012″
“A chat from the past” depict in my proper time, today: June 25 2011 Israel, events from another time in the year 1941, during WW2 in Zdunska Wola, Polin.
The pictures show my father mother and myself, who survived the holocaust, transferred to Zdunska Wola of WW2, working as tailors.
All the pictures are clickable..
To see more pictures, download “A Chat from the Past” in PDF format.
The hard decision of Mr Willy Kelner in 1944. General Patton’s tanks where not far from the Commognes. Willy and Marie Antoinette Kelner persuaded the Wehrmacht soldiers to laid down their arms and reassembled them near the church to give them food and tea. In the evening the Waffen SS Soldiers evacuated the Wehrmacht and take their place, After a few days of hard fighting the Waffen SS retreated. In the evening, I and all the people of Awagne rushed to the church to see Patton’s tanks entering Awagne. For me this was the end of the war.
Awagne 1944: an avatar
Awagne the church
Marie Antoinette and Willy Kelner: an avatar.
I and willy Kelner: an avatar
Awagne, the church.
..Most of the photos contrast sharply with the history books recalling the Vel d’hiver roundup and deportation in July 1942. Where are the snaking lines outside food stores? Where are the witnesses of the occupation? Rare are the photos where a yellow star sewn on coat lapels is seen on passers-by. This unexpected take on “German France” does not leave one indifferent.”…see here.
Landscape, the Pink Wall, 1898
Oil on canvas
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
The story of Kurt Gerstein is a special one in that after seeing what really was the use of Zyklon B he tried by all means to …”ascertain the facts of the machinery of destruction and then shout them to the whole world. Gerstein’s first contact was with Baron Goran von Otter, a Swedish diplomat, whom Gerstein met by chance on the Warsaw-Berlin express train while “, returning from Belzec. Gerstein was also in contact with Bishop Otto Dibelius, of the Confessing Church; Archbishop Cesare Orsenigo, the Papal Nuncio in Berlin; and members of the Dutch underground. His efforts to make known the, facts of the mass murder had little success.”..see here, (search Kurt Gerstein).
The looted art exhibition in Museum Israel brings together Matisse’s painting “Landscape, the Pink Wall”, Waffen SS dr. Kurt Gerstein, the provider of the gas Zyklon B to the extermination camps, and the anonymous perhaps dead or living owner of Matisse’s painting.
Henri Matisse circa 150.