TRANSPORT XX TO AUSCHWITZ
direction: Richard P. Bloom, Karen L. Bloom
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 the 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 Auschwitz- 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 rescue attempt/attack on a death train during the Shoah.
The Film had its world premiere in October/November, 2012 at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U. S. A.
It is available to visitors on the viewing monitors of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D. C. and at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel.