How did Robert Clary go from being a real prisoner of the Nazis at the Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II to being a fake prisoner of the Nazis on TV’s Hogan’s Heroes two decades later?
Find out in From the Holocaust to Hollywood: The Robert Clary Story, a new 49-minute documentary.
You can see From the Holocaust to Hollywood: The Robert Clary Story for free following a conversation with its writer/producer Ron Small, starting at 8 pm ET tomorrow, April 8. Just RSVP to The Jewish Film Project here.
If you can’t make that screening, you can stream the film on Vimeo for $3.99.
Clary, now 95, who played Corporal Louis LeBeau on the 1965-1971 CBS sitcom, shares his story alongside his nephew, songwriter/author Brian Gari. Born in Paris, Clary was already a professional singer when he, then 12, and most of his large Jewish family (he was the youngest of 14 kids) were captured by the Nazis in 1942. Liberated in 1945, he became a popular French recording artist, moved to the U.S. in 1949, and soon began appearing in movies, TV and on Broadway before landing the Hogan’s Heroes gig.
Incidentally, don’t confuse From the Holocaust to Hollywood: The Robert Clary Story with the nearly identically titled, From Buchenwald to Hollywood, the Robert Clary Story, a 57-minute 2018 documentary written and directed by Richard Bloom, which you can see for free right here:
Hunkering for Hogan’s Heroes instead? You can stream season four (26 episodes) with a FuboTV subscription, or watch the series on MeTV, which shows two episodes every weeknight at 10 pm. ET. To find your local channel number, either over the air for free via antenna, on or cable, visit MeTV’s Where to Watch page.
Here’s a scene featuring Clary as LeBeau:
(Top photo source: Holocaust Education Film Foundation)
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