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

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Taylor Trade Publishing, Dec 17, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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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.
 

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A very good Auto Biography of Robert Clary, or a s me and many other as the little french cook in Hogans Heroes. This book is engaging from the start for people who are a fan of his work in film and life etc.

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
Le Zazou du Parnasse
119
Harry Bluestone
129
New Faces of 1952
143
La Plume de ma Tante
159
Hogans Heroes
171
Revisiting the Holocaust
191
Postscript
205
Filmography
206

Ottmuth Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
69
Blechhammer Number A5714
83
GrossRosen and Buchenwald April 11 1945 The Flames Flicker Out
93
Home Alive
107
LAl Jolson Français
113
Stage Credits
207
Television Performances
208
Discography
209
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About the author (2007)

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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