From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes: An Autobiography of Robert Clary

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Robert Clary (born Robert Max Widerman in Paris in 1926) is best known for his portrayal of the spirited Corporal Louis Lebeau on the popular television series Hogan's Heroes (on the air from 1965 to 1971 and widely syndicated around the globe). But it is Clary's experiences as a Jew during the Holocaust that infuse his compelling memoir with an honest recognition of life's often horrific reality, a recognition that counters his glittering five-decade career as an actor, singer, and artist and distinguishes this ...
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Overview

Robert Clary (born Robert Max Widerman in Paris in 1926) is best known for his portrayal of the spirited Corporal Louis Lebeau on the popular television series Hogan's Heroes (on the air from 1965 to 1971 and widely syndicated around the globe). But it is Clary's experiences as a Jew during the Holocaust that infuse his compelling memoir with an honest recognition of life's often horrific reality, a recognition that counters his glittering five-decade career as an actor, singer, and artist and distinguishes this book from those by other entertainers. Clary describes his childhood in Paris, the German occupation in 1940, and his deportation in 1942 at the age of sixteen to the infamous transit camp Drancy. He recounts his nightmarish, two-and-a-half-year incarceration in Nazi concentration camps like Ottmuth, Blechhammer, Gross-Rosen, and Buchenwald. In April 1945, the Allies liberated Clary and other inmates. But the news that his parents, two sisters, two half-sisters, and two nephews had not survived the Nazis' genocidal campaign against the Jews reduced his joy to grief. After the war, Clary made his way to the United States and, against great odds, achieved fame on Broadway and in Hollywood. From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes is Robert Clary's extraordinary account of his remarkable life both as a survivor and as an entertainer. Once read, it will not be forgotten.
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Editorial Reviews

Alan & Marilyn Bergman
In Robert Clary we have an artist with the gift of song and dance, the gift for survival, and the gift of telling his extraordinary story.
Dick Van Dyke
I would like to implore anyone of a younger generation who doubts the reality of the Holocaust to read this book. It touched me deeply.
Tony Randall
Robert Clary has lived two lives, and written two books—one horrific, one jaunty. They're both fascinating. . . . This is brave writing.
Mel Brooks
A truly exciting journey filled with heartache, bravery, and comic joy. I couldn't put it down.
Dom DeLuise
The 'Amazing' Clary has constantly been full of fun; energetic and always zestful. I read his book and for me it was the Holocaust right into my Heart! . . . BRAVO!
Merv Griffin
Nobody in show business has the resume of Robert Clary. From German concentration camps to Broadway and to television... it has been an amazing journey for him. He's still one of our most entertaining and energetic performers. I've only known him for fifty years, and I still couldn't put this book down.
CARL REINER
There are many stories of survivors, but not many as riveting as the one that Robert Clary tells in his autobiography. The Nazis captured him and tried to kill him, but he survived them and went on to capture and kill audiences all over the world.
Midwest Book Review
From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes is a powerful, highly recommended biographical journey that enfolds the reader in a strong life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589793453
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 499,287
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Clary has worked in all areas of the entertainment business and has won acclaim for his photo realist paintings. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Gefilte Fish on the Rue des Deux Ponts     1
Madame Halphen     11
Toy Soldiers     19
Charles Trenet: Le Fou Chantant     27
Bar Mitzvah     37
Madame Aron     43
Real Soldiers     51
Descent into the Fires of Hell: Drancy     61
Ottmuth: "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"     69
Blechhammer: Number A-5714     83
Gross-Rosen and Buchenwald: April 11, 1945, The Flames Flicker Out     93
Home! Alive     107
L'Al Jolson Francais     113
Le Zazou du Parnasse     119
Harry Bluestone     129
New Faces of 1952     143
La Plume de ma Tante     159
Hogan's Heroes     171
Revisiting the Holocaust     191
Postscript     205
Filmography     206
Stage Credits     207
Television Performances     208
Discography     209
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