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, Actor, Singer, Artist, Holocaust Speaker, and Friend
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.
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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: https://youtu.be/J2m2VAQ8UzI
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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.
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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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
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Presentation of a plaque commemorating the soldiers of the US Army