From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story
2018, Updated 2023
It is the truly inspiring story of Holocaust Survivor, Robert Clary, born Robert Widerman, who at the age of 16 was deported from Paris along with 13 members of his family to the death camps and was the sole survivor, liberated by the U.S Army on April 11, 1945 from Buchenwald after having endured 31 months in four Nazi camps and a death march. He was discovered singing in a Paris nightclub in 1947, signed to a recording contract and brought to the United States in 1949 where he met Merv Griffin, who introduced him to Eddie and Ida Cantor and their daughter, Natalie, who he would later marry in 1965. He would become a Hollywood legend, internationally known for his portrayal of Corporal Louie LeBeau on the long running hit TV show Hogan’s Heroes, of which at age 96, he is the sole surviving original cast member, as well as for his Broadway, soap opera and movie roles, his record albums, paintings, autobiography and as an impassioned Holocaust speaker.
Film link: https://youtu.be/0tKc5T-Sw-E
Defending Holocaust History
This new documentary became necessary as over the past five years, there has been an insidious worldwide campaign by the Lithuanian Government to rewrite the history of the Holocaust, specifically as it pertains to events in that country by glorifying Lithuanian Nazi collaborators as heroes, vilifying the victims, and attempting to delegitimize the Holocaust as a unique historical event by comparing it to the crimes of Stalin, all in an attempt to sanitize the role of thousands of its citizens and avoiding accountability.
Through the use of archival footage, Dr. Dovid Katz, Yiddish Scholar and Editor of Defending History.com, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, Director of the Simon Wiesenthal’s Jerusalem Office, Aryeh Rubin, founder of Operation Last Chance and Holocaust Survivors confront both the Lithuanian government’s attempts to rewrite Holocaust History and the Latvian government’s glorification of the role of its citizens in the Waffen SS.
Film Link: https://youtu.be/oz6nfdylwBw
Transport XX to Auschwitz
On April 19, 1943 at 10 p.m., the same date as the Warsaw Ghetto began, the 20th train convoy departed the Dossin barracks (Kazerne Dossin) in Mechelen (Belgium) with 40 cattle cars crammed with 1631 Jewish men, women and children for Auschwitz (Poland). The in Belgium captured Jews were over 90% ‘foreigners’ (with no Belgian nationality) who either when war broke out or (many) years earlier had fled from mainly Eastern Europe, Germany and Holland to Belgium. Half an hour after the departure of this transport XX three young Belgians from Brussels, Youra Livschitz, Jean Franklemon and Robert Maistriau stopped the train between Boortmeerbeek and Haacht, opened one of the cars and liberated 17 prisoners. Later before the train reaches the German border over 200 other prisoners decide to attempt to escape and also jump out of the cars. In total 236 people were able to escape, but 26 were shot and killed trying to escape.
This 20th transport arrived at Auschwitz on April 22 with 1395 deportees. Only approximately 151 of those on board survived this and later death camps. This was the only documented attack on a death train during the Shoah.
Film Link: https://youtu.be/CgE7x4qwQZs
Viviane’s Story (Documentary Multimedia eBook) 2019
Viviane’s Story | Escape from Transport XX…Born 6 Months Later
On the night of the 19th of April in 1943 – Viviane escaped in the womb of her pregnant mother from the Twentieth Train heading for Auschwitz. Isabella Weinreb-Castegnier was three-months pregnant when she jumped that night in Belgium from the fast moving 20th Death Train to Auschwitz. It was Passover eve and full moon. Isabella escaped with a broken wrist and bruises all over her body, but no other major injuries. Her daughter Viviane – meaning “full of life”, and named so for her will to live and hold tight in her mother’s womb – was born six months later on October 30, 1943 in Brussels, Belgium.
This Multimedia eBook presents Viviane’s story with amazing new insights discovered together with the Dutch-Belgian author-reporter Simone Korkus of the man that helped Isabella jump to freedom – Elias Gnazik.
Online Link : Miracles.Media
2009, Updated 2013
During the Shoah, Nazi collaborators from Lithuania and Latvia, helped murder more than 275,000 Jews, many of them known as Litvaks, 96% of those countries Jewish population, the highest percentage rate in any European country. In addition, they helped murder tens of thousands of Jews from other countries transported to Lithuania and Latvia as well and tens of thousands in other countries. Most of these Jews were murdered in the forests, shot in large pits, nearby where they lived, in the five month period before the U.S. formally entered the war in December of 1941 and before the use of the gas chambers in Poland and Germany.
Many of these collaborators were never prosecuted for their crimes. Many fled to various countries, lying on their immigration visas that they were not complicit in war crimes, were admitted and eventually became citizens. The film explores the search for these collaborators, the efforts to prosecute them and the refusal of countries to bring their citizens to justice.
SOBIBOR CONCENTRATION CAMP
Between April, 1942 and October, 1943, more than 250,000 Jewish men, women and children were murdered at Sobibor by 20 SS personnel and 120 Ukrainian guards.
On October 14, 1943, the Jews revolted, culminating in the largest and most successful escape from a Nazi concentration/death camp.
The Warsaw Ghetto was established in November, 1940. More than 450,000 Jews lived there at one point. Starvation, disease and killings had reduced that number to 350,000 by July, 1942. Then the deportations began to Treblinka. On Passover eve, April 19, 1943, the German army entered the Ghetto to liquidate and deport the remaining Jews to the Nazi death camps. Then the uprising began.