English Subtitles for Reflexiones de Charlotte de Grünberg sobre "La niña que miraba los trenes partir"



Subtitles / Closed Captions - English

By now I don´t think I need to tell you who the girl was.

As the French writer Georges Bataille said in 1947; "Auschwitz is the work and the sign of mankind... Man's image is henceforth inseparable from a gas chamber". In 1939 an Austrian-Jewish teenager who had successfully fled from her occupied country found refuge at our house in Liege, until the invasion of Belgium. From her accounts we already had an idea of what to expect, as Jews, of the coming events

After the occupation of Belgium in May 1940, and faced with the need to escape the New Order and its subsequent persecution, especially against Jews, we sought refuge in the south of France, until then occupied by the Italians. This appeared to be the most logical choice, owing to its proximity, a common language and the hope of trying to live in an area still free from German occupation It's hard to imagine the sensation of being suddenly deprived of belonging to your own country

the violent rupture with all the customs that usually make up normal life, sentenced to a civil death. The fear is constant and remains permanent. Suddenly becoming a fatally disposable and nameless object. Without school. Without witnesses of a former life or friends. The spine-chilling sensation of having nowhere to go in the world;

No place to go and no place to stay. A Ghetto without walls, you might say overshadowed at all times by Gestapo raids, the local collaborators and the reports that were so prevalent in all neighbourhoods How can a child adapt to this sudden loss of all familiar references?

Unexpectedly being forced to become someone else not a person but a "non-person", an opaque being, seeking anonymity and invisibility as a form of protection from evil. Our exile lasted over 1,000 days and nights travelling throughout most of France

I saw many trains heading for their macabre final destination, while the raids continued around the clock. Seventy years ago, the Nuremberg Court, the first of its kind, investigated the crimes of World War II, including the Jewish Holocaust to a certain extent. The war had left more than 60 million dead in its wake,

including 6 million Jews and other minorities, having devastated much of Europe The results of the trials were impressive and their impact on international law is unquestionable Unfortunately, neither the laws of international tribunals nor those enacted over the following years and that form a constantly expanding corpus

have succeeded in deterring the exercise of indiscriminate violence across the world. So, my question is: Isn’t human life a fundamental value that must be protected from the indiscriminate terror that kills and oppresses? In the light of everything happening today, my question is: Have we learned nothing?

Why are we not able to transform such events into a useful pedagogical reality? Thank you. [Applause]



Video Description

Intervención de Charlotte de Grünberg en el lanzamiento del libro "La niña que miraba los trenes partir" de Ruperto Long, realizado en la Sala Delmira Agustini del Teatro Solís el 7 de abril de 2016.

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Sinopsis

Años cuarenta del siglo XX, en un mundo azotado por los conflictos bélicos. Charlotte, una niña belga de ocho años, desaparece de la Lieja ocupada por los nazis, dejando atrás su casa y su infancia feliz. Junto con la familia huye de los perseguidores, viviendo increíbles peripecias y ocultándose en míseros escondites de pueblos y ciudades.

Alter, su tío, obligado a desempeñar funciones en uno de los guetos donde Hitler ordena confinar a los judíos (incluidos los padres del muchacho), debe afrontar una extrema disyuntiva ética.

Dimitri Amilakvari, militar francés de origen georgiano, desembarca en el norte de África al frente de la mítica Legión Extranjera, para enfrentar al mariscal alemán Rommel
y su temido Afrika Korps.

Domingo López Delgado, un soldado uruguayo, se enrola como voluntario en las Fuerzas de la Francia Libre (FFL) y es destinado a la Legión Extranjera en Bir Hakeim, África del Norte, donde será testigo de la grandeza humana de su superior, Amilakvari, y ambos participarán en un combate legendario. Cuatro historias de vida que se entrelazan para transportarnos en el tiempo.

La estremecedora novela de Ruperto Long surge de una investigación profunda sobre una época en la que confluyeron xenofobias, persecuciones, guerras y migraciones. Sin embargo, más allá de esos hechos siniestros que la humanidad arrastra hasta nuestros días, el narrador rescata de la realidad historias de amor (entre padres e hijos, entre hermanos, entre amantes, entre amigos), impregnadas de una empecinada defensa de la vida, de la libertad, del prójimo, de la tierra natal: múltiples relatos de afectos que triunfan y perduran más allá de la barbarie.

http://www.ort.edu.uy/lanzamiento-del-libro/