The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance mourns the passing of Holocaust survivor and Hogan’s Heroes actor Robert Clary.

For four decades, Clary volunteered his time and shared his experiences during the Holocaust with thousands of young people at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance.

Robert Clary (March 1, 1926 – November 16, 2022)

Beloved Husband, Son, Brother, Family Member, Friend – Actor, Singer, Artist, Author and Holocaust Speaker. 


The producers of Transport XX to Auschwitz and Defending Holocaust History are proudly bringing to the screen, the inspirational film, From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story, about a Hollywood legend, an internationally known actor, Broadway star, singer, artist, author and Holocaust lecturer.



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. 

The film is 57 minutes long and can viewed at this link: 



                       October 10 to November 7, 2022

September 3 to October 5, 2022

Jiří Žák, the prisoner at Buchenwald who saved Robert Clary’s life.

Clary’s name (Robert Widerman) listed on April 19,1945 program at Buchenwald as the singer entertaining the U.S. Army troops who liberated the camp.

March 1, 2022  Robert’s 96th Birthday



For more detailed information on Robert and his family, his niece Brenda Hancock, the daughter of Nicole Holland, one of Robert’s sisters has written 4 books, which are available at Amazon.

Little Sparrow: The Fighting Spirit of Helène in the Holocaust Kindle Edition

Little Sparrow: The Fighting Spirit of Helène in the Holocaust

Brenda’s just published story about  Heléne Widerman, Robert’s sister.

Buchenwald survivors arrive in Haifa, Israel


Lost Airmen of Buchenwald

“The Lost Airmen of Buchenwald,” a 2012 documentary on the story behind the imprisonment of 168 Allied airmen at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II.

According to film producer Mike Dorsey, the plight of the lost airmen being imprisoned at a concentration camp instead of a prisoner-of-war camp by the Nazis should never have taken place.

“The airmen were falsely accused of being ‘terrorists and saboteurs’ and subjected to conditions far worse than prisoner-of-war camps at Buchenwald. The airmen were deliberately starved and tortured in the concentration camp,” said Dorsey in his narration of the documentary.

Along with the screening of the documentary, artist Marilyn Johansen, whose paintings include images of the lost airmen, will be talking about the historical significance of the film, based on her meeting some of the airmen.

Johansen’s late father Eugene Phillips, although not one of the lost airmen, was a Prisoner of War soldier at Stalag Luft III, who met the airmen there when they were eventually transferred from Buchenwald.

“The lost airmen may have been the first allies who witnessed the Holocaust, as they were imprisoned at Buchenwald with the Jewish prisoners who were to be exterminated,” said Johansen.

The documentary features the testimony of seven airmen, who were still alive in 2011, who recalled the details of how they were captured and tortured at Buchenwald.

Their testimonies stressed how the airmen survived the extremely harsh conditions of being imprisoned at Buchenwald.

“‘Lost Airmen of Buchenwald” is a moving story and reveals so much that has been unknown for decades. The film’s strength is in the vivid testimonies of the airmen in reinforcing a tale that might still be disbelieved,” wrote film critic Carla Seaquist in “The Huffington Post.”

As revealed in the documentary, Phil Lamason, a pilot in the New Zealand Air Force whose plane was shot down by the Nazis, became senior officer of the Allied airman from Australia, Canada, England, and the United States at Buchenwald on Aug. 15, 1944. Under his command, Lamason instilled military discipline.

For several weeks, Lamason negotiated with camp authorities to have the airmen transferred to a POW Camp, but his requests were denied. At great risk, Lamason secretly got word to the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) of the Allied airmen’s captivity and, seven days before their scheduled execution, 156 of the 168 prisoners were transferred to Stalag Luft III.

The airmen testified that they survived Buchenwald due to the leadership and determination of Lamason.

Johansen enhances the screening of the documentary by sharing additional stories about the airmen and other POWs at Stalag Luft III.

She notes that there were many Jewish prisoners among the POWs at Stalag Luft III and when the prisoners were liberated by General George Patton, one of the Jewish prisoners helped in the liberation of Holocaust survivors at concentration camps.

“I had information from historian Marilyn Walton that American Irv Baum of the Air Force, once liberated from Stalag Luft III, volunteered to assist with the freeing of Holocaust prisoners at Dachau because he spoke both German and Yiddish,” said Johansen.

Baum went on to learn that 22 of his family members perished in the Holocaust.

Baum, who passed away in 2013, joined the Air Force following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. He completed many missions for the Air Force, but on March 16, 1944, Baum’s plane lost power in Paris and was captured by the Nazis.

“When I was captured, a German officer asked me if I was Hebrew. I lied saying I was not, but the officer found out the truth and gave me a beating that I never forgot,” said Baum in a 15-minute video testimony of his capture in World War II seen on

When Baum was taken to Stalag Luft III, he shared how a German may have saved his life.

“A little bit of humanity surfaced. A German registering me shook his head sadly when I told him I am Jewish. I was given a form to fill in my religion. I was about to write a ‘J.’ The German took my hand and the form instantly and stopped me from writing ‘J.’ Instead, he filled in the letter ‘P’ to be officially Protestant.”

Following World War II, Baum went to the University of Miami for his degree in business. He retired from the Air Force in 1972, as a Lieutenant Colonel and lived the remainder of his life in Napa, California.


Events from April 5th to 12th, 2022 in Weimar and Nordhausen

Buchenwald Memorial
Presentation of a plaque commemorating the soldiers of the US Army