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

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

by 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589793453
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 02/25/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 241,365
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

Mel Brooks

A truly exciting journey filled with heartache, bravery, and comic joy. I couldn't put it down.

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.

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