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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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
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
Stage Credits 207
Television Performances 208
What People are Saying About This
A truly exciting journey filled with heartache, bravery, and comic joy. I couldn't put it down.
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.
Robert Clary has lived two lives, and written two books—one horrific, one jaunty. They're both fascinating. . . . This is brave writing.