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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Reprint edition (December 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589793455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589793453
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Although best known to TV viewers as LeBeau on TV's Hogan's Heroes (1965-1971), Robert Clary has written a new memoir, From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes: The Autobiography of Robert Clary, offering a much more sobering view of WWII, as he recounts his 31 months in German concentration camps as a Jewish Parisian teenager. After liberation, he began singing in nightclubs and, as a prot‚g‚ of Eddie Cantor, won a position in the revue New Faces of 1952, which also featured newcomers Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde and fledgling writer Mel Brooks. Decades later, his popularity among daytime viewers as a regular on soaps The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives helped promote his recording career. Although flatly written at times, Clary's tale of survival is inspirational.

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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. (Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Songwriters)

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. (Dick Van Dyke)

Robert Clary has lived two lives, and written two books—one horrific, one jaunty. They're both fascinating. . . . This is brave writing. (Tony Randall)

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

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! (Dom DeLuise)

From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes is a powerful, highly recommended biographical journey that enfolds the reader in a strong life. (Midwest Book Review)

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. (Merv Griffin)

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. (CARL REINER, Director, Actor, and Writer)

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I would like to meet Robert Clary.
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Although very talented, you can see that his path was guided by a strong work ethic and honesty in dealing with people.
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Mr. Clary wrote a wonderful and very moving autobiography.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom on March 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In recommend this book as a standout memoir for those interested in Holocaust studies, Showbiz lives, and inspiring tales. Born in France, Clary survived the Nazi death camps. The book describes Clary's two lives: survival of several Nazi camps, and a career in showbiz afterwards. The last and 14th child of his Polish born Jewish father (and mother), Robert Max Widerman was raised on the Ile St Louis at 10 Rue de Deux Ponts in Paris. After some neighbors complained to the Vichy French police that Jews still were living in the building, the French police deported Robert and 12 members of his immediate family on 9/23/1942. Of those deported, only Robert survived. The book details Clary's arrest in 1942 at the age of 16 and his 31-month-long incarceration in three Nazi concentration camps in Drancy, Upper Silesia, and Poland, as well as Buchenwald, where he was liberated by the Allies on April 11, 1945 (he put on a show for the troops). Would you believe that Clary got his stage name at Buchenwald, and not in some cigar filled Hollywood agent's office? Clary details how a friend "lost" his file at Buchenwald, which saved him from sure death on the death march of the prisoners. After the war, Clary went back to singing inParis and was discovered by Harry Bluestone while entertaining in a dance hall in 1947. A meeting with Merv Griffin led to an introduction to Eddie Cantor's daughter Natalie, whom he married. He went on to be discovered on Broadway in "New Faces of 1952", and then become famous as the character Corporal Louis Lebeau on Hogan's Heroes. This is an inspirational story of how he survived these two lives.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DJ Daddy on November 11, 2008
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This is an excellent book from Clary's point of view. It was so good to know more about him, as he is featured prominently in "Hogan's Heroes". There was only one page I had to glue together so that my young children could also read the book. It runs the range of emotions while remaining exciting and well-written.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian Kliesen on November 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Robert Clary's autobiography is short and easy to read. You will find yourself unable to put the book down as he talks of his childhood in France, his hopes, ambitions and dreams, all interrupted by his 30+ month imprisonment in the concentration and labor camps of Nazi Germany. His ability to keep his spirits up and those of his fellow prisoners through song and dance is amazing. After being freed by Patton's Third Army he returns to Paris to rebuild his life and restart his quest for fame and fortune. This would be a very good book to read for old and young alike. I am buying another 20+ to give to my high school social studies class as a study in dealing with adversity, learning of intolerance and keeping sight of your dreams.
This is truly a great book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Silver on November 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes", is a fascinating account of Robert Clary's experiences growing up amid the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of France. Robert proves to be a remarkably 'lucky' individual who has had to face extra-ordinary circumstances and yet has not allowed the scars of Genocide to prevent him from finding personal joy, while allowing that joy to touch others. His exuberance and boyish charm punctuates the pages of his book as he recounts his innocent childhood, the horrific 31 months in Nazi prison camps from the age of 16, and the eventual realization that almost every member of his beloved family had been literally wiped out. His remarkable flight out of purgatory leads him to a renewed zest for living and to his own personal success on stage, television and pictures. His personal insights of the personalities that he met along the way, as well as his jaunt on Hogan's Heroes, keeps you from putting the book aside. Robert Clary literally leaves you wanting more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
From The Holocaust To Hogan's Heroes is the autobiography of Robert Clary (born Robert Max Widerman in Paris in 1926), who is perhaps most famous for his portrayal of Corporal Louis Lebeau in the widely syndicated television comedy series Hogan's Heroes. But unlike his jovial television character, Robert Clary's personal experience with World War II was much more horrific - he was among those deported to the Nazi concentration and extermination camps at age 16 in 1942, and although he barely survived, his parents, two sisters, two half-sisters, and two nephews did not. From The Holocaust To Hogan's Heroes is a powerful, highly recommended biographical journey that enfolds the reader in a strong life with the will to survive and pass on personal knowledge of the past's abominations to the present generation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott L. Kramer on November 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I saw Mr. Clarey speak at my highschool 20 years ago and he left 3,000 students in tears, it was a life changing experience for me, it is a great book and a true story. I canno believe the uneducated gentlemen below had the gall to question if Mr. Clarey was in a concentration camp, you review just lets any one who reads it know your IQ level.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is an insightful look at Clary's life. For those who grew up with him on Hogan's Heroes or still watch it in re-runs today (me), this book really provides some background on him and how he became who he is today. I've been a fan since I was a child and though the book doesn't focus on any particular part of his career, it provides a detailed look at his history.
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