Richard Bloom Productions

An Independent Film Company

Richard Bloom Productions

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TRAILER FOR OUR NEWEST FILM

Stickball Boulevard Sign

Stickball Boulevard

A Blast from the Past - A Shot to the Future

In a parking lot in the Village of Wellington, FL, retired seniors who grew up in various communities in the Northeast, primarily from Brooklyn and the Bronx in the late 1930's, 40s, 50s and early 60s playing the greatest urban street game ever invented, stickball, are once again reliving those childhood memories.

 


The trailer can also be seen here: trailer can also be seen on YouTube at following link: https://youtu.be/NJ62IaOCacY?rel=0


Valencia Palms, 2015-16 Champions
Photo Credit: Alex Kushel
Valencia Palms Pilots, 2015-16 Champions,
Palm Beach County Senior Stickball League

The Newsletter of the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission | JUNE 2015

FOCUS ON FILM

SMASH HIT FOR STICKBALL 

The documentary Stickball Boulevard has finished filming at Village Park, Wellington and is now in post-production. Richard Bloom Productions filmed for over 15 days a group of retired seniors who still love one of the greatest urban street games, stickball.

The film’s director Bloom says, “Interviewing and filming these guys playing the game and listening to their boyhood memories was a special experience.” Plans are being made to enter the documentary into festivals around the country. There are many seniors who still love to play the game, reliving their childhood memories, and many will relate to this film.

 Joe Lomando

 

 

OUR SHOAH DOCUMENTARIES

“It is imperative that the historical truth of what happened during the Shoah be brought to the screen through those who experienced it and preserved for future generations as well as to expose and counteract all forms of anti-Semitism.”          

—  Richard Bloom

Released For Distribution Our Newest Film:


Defending Holocaust History

Richard Bloom Productions is releasing Defending Holocaust History which focuses in with razor sharpness on the 1941 onset of actual genocide in Eastern Europe, particularly Lithuania and Latvia, and which is now the subject of a massive state campaign to rewrite history to confuse the issues.This new documentary became necessary as over the past five years, there has been an insidious worldwide campaign by the Lithuanian Government to rewrite the history of the Holocaust, specifically as it pertains to events in that country by glorifying Lithuanian Nazi collaborators as heroes, vilifying the victims, and attempting to delegitimize the Holocaust as a unique historical event by comparing it to the crimes of Stalin, all in an attempt to sanitize the role of thousands of its citizens and avoiding accountability.
Through the use of archival footage, Dr. Dovid Katz, Yiddish Scholar and Editor of Defending History.com, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Director of the Simon Wiesenthal's Jerusalem Office, Aryeh Rubin, founder of Operation Last Chance and Holocaust Survivors confront both the Lithuanian government's attempts to rewrite Holocaust History and the Latvian government's glorification of the role of its citizens in the Waffen SS.
The film as well as our other 4 Shoah documentaries have been seen around the world and have been selected by and are available for viewing at the Yad Vashem Visual Center in Jerusalem and at the USHMM in Washington, DC.
Available for Jewish and other Film Festivals as well as Holocaust education programs.
Please contact the producers at rbloom40@aol.com for further information.

 


Defending Holocaust History

Defending Holocaust History


This new documentary became necessary as over the past five years, there has been an insidious worldwide campaign by the Lithuanian Government to rewrite the history of the Holocaust, specifically as it pertains to events in that country by glorifying Lithuanian Nazi collaborators as heroes, vilifying the victims, and attempting to delegitimize the Holocaust as a unique historical event by comparing it to the crimes of Stalin, all in an attempt to sanitize the role of thousands of its citizens and avoiding accountability.

 Dr Dovid Katz at the march 11 2012 neo-nazi march in vimius lithuania

credit: DefendingHistory.com

Dr. Dovid Katz protesting at the Neo-Nazi march, March 11, 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania

Holding Dr. David Katz holding up 70-year old declaration

credit: "(c) European Union"

Dr. Dovid Katz holding up The 70 Years Declaration at the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France

 

credit: DefendingHistory.com

Dr. Efraim Zuroff protesting at the annual Waffen SS parade, March 16, 2012, Riga, Latvia

Dr. Dovid Katz and Monica Lowenberg protesting at the March 16, 2012

Credit: Francine Casteels

Dr. Dovid Katz and Monica Lowenberg protesting at the annual Waffen SS parade, March 16, 2012, Riga, Latvia

Fania Brantsovsky and Dr. Dovid Katz

Credit: Charissa Brammer

Former Vilna partisan, Fania Brantsovsky and Dr. Dovid Katz at the 'new' Jewish cemetery, in Vilnius (near the symbolic gravestone for members of the Vilna (FPO) and other partisan organizations.

Music: "Eclipse", Composed and Performed by Adi Sappir - www.adisappir.com.au

Light of the River (Or Hanachal) ""LCHA DODI" performed by Shai Perelman and Omer Horowitz


Our Films:

The Litvak Connection - Revised and Updated!

Transport XX to Auschwitz

Sobibor - The Plan, The Revolt, The Escape

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - The Survivors' Stories

Available for Jewish and other Film Festivals as well as Holocaust education programs.



Transport XX to Auschwitz

 TransportXX to Auschwitz Poster


 

Requests to view the entire film should be directed to: rbloom40@aol.com


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.

Richard Bloom speaking at the film festival

Director-Producer Richard Bloom speaking at the premiere of the film at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Simon Gronowski beside a cattle car

Simon Gronowski beside deportation wagon - image from interview video by Michel van der Burg. Original photo: Pierre Salmon

For more stories and information about Transport XX, please visit Michel van der Burg's site here: 

michelvanderburg.com


The Litvak Connection
 

During the Shoah, Nazi collaborators from Lithuania and Latvia, helped murder more than 275,000 Jews, many of them known as Litvaks, 96% of those countries Jewish population, the highest percentage rate in any European country. In addition, they helped murder tens of thousands of Jews from other countries transported to Lithuania and Latvia as well and tens of thousands in other countries. Most of these Jews were murdered in the forests, shot in large pits, nearby where they lived, in the five month period before the U.S. formally entered the war in December of 1941 and before the use of the gas chambers in Poland and Germany.

Many of these collaborators were never prosecuted for their crimes. Many fled to various countries, lying on their immigration visas that they were not complicit in war crimes, were admitted and eventually became citizens. The film explores the search for these collaborators, the efforts to prosecute them and the refusal of countries to bring their citizens to justice.




 

Sobibor - The Plan, The Revolt, The Escape

Sobibor

Between April, 1942 and October, 1943, more than 250,000 Jewish men, women and children were murdered at Sobibor by 20 SS personnel and 120 Ukrainian guards.

On October 14, 1943, the Jews revolted, culminating in the largest and most successful escape from a Nazi concentration/death camp.

Click below to view the trailer:

 


The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, The Survivors' Stories

 

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Warsaw Ghetto was established in November, 1940. More than 450,000 Jews lived there at one point. Starvation, disease and killings had reduced that number to 350,000 by July, 1942. Then the deportations began to Treblinka.  

On Passover eve, April 19, 1943, the German army entered the Ghetto to liquidate and deport the remaining Jews to the Nazi death camps.

Click below to view the trailer:

Richard Bloom Productions is the parent company of Remembrance Films and RKL Productions, an independent film production company founded by Karen Lynne and Richard Bloom