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From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes: An Autobiography of Robert Clary

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Robert Clary (born Robert Max Widerman in Paris in 1926) is best known for his portrayal of the spirited Corporal Louis Lebeau on the popular television series Hogan's Heroes (on the air from 1965 to 1971 and widely syndicated around the globe). But it is Clary's experiences as a Jew during the Holocaust that infuse his compelling memoir with an honest recognition of life' ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published December 17th 2007 by Taylor Trade Publishing (first published November 25th 2001)
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Rachael
Mar 06, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hogan's Heroes is one of my guilty pleasures. It doesn't get much more ridiculous than a comedy set in a Prisoner of War camp in the middle of Nazi Germany, but I love the show anyway. When my mother mentioned that one of the actors playing a POW, Robert Clary, was a Holocaust survivor, I was curious how anyone could go from a concentration camp to that show. Then I found out he had written an autobiography called From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes. I could satisfy my curiosity directly from t ...more
Pam
Oct 05, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes is an autobiography by Robert Clary

Robert was born in Paris, France to a large (13 children) family. However, when he was born there were only 4 sisters living at home. In 1943, Robert and his parents were deported to Auschwitz. Pulled from his family, Robert had to make it on his own. He did this by exploiting his talents a singer and comedian by performing for the Nazis. His Mother and Father were killed. When he returned home, he was first recognized by his s
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Jerry
May 09, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pure chance that I ran across this book while I was reading Umberto Eco’s The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana. Robert Clary grew up in France during the same period that Eco covers in Italy. Clary also read Flash Gordon, enjoyed Josephine Baker, and played with clay Napoleonic soldiers that broke easily.

Clary tells his story simply. This would have been the autobiography of any naturally talented young man, slightly self-centered but basically good, rising from family performances to loca
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Liz
May 24, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hogan’s Heroes was one of my favorite tv programs when I was a little girl. I remember cuddling in my father’s lap to watch it. I can still hum the theme song! For a long time, that was my mental picture of World War II – the bumbling Germans, the scary SS, and the intelligent, resourceful Allied prisoners of war. Robert Clary played LeBeau, the French POW. I didn’t know until now that his personal World War II story was one of concentration camps and loss of family. Robert Clary is the stage na ...more
William Sariego
May 08, 2016 William Sariego rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As a little boy I loved watching Hogan's Heroes, and Lebeau was my favorite character. As I grew older and learned the story behind the remarkable man, my respect only increased. The book was a wonderful read, both depressing and uplifting. If you want to read about WWII outside of the 'trumpet & drums" of military history, this is a good place to start.
Christie
For those who are only familiar with Robert Clary from his role as Corporal Lebeau on the TV series, Hogan's Heroes, this book will shed so much light on his life before and during the Holocaust as well as throughout his career in the US following the end of the war.

Robert Clary was born Robert Max Widerman in 1926 in Paris, France. Living in occupied France during World War II, he was part of the round-up of French Jews after a neighbor reported to the Vichy police that there were still Jews l
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Karen
Emotional, historical biography

I have always loved Robert Clary from Hogans Heroes. Now I admire him for surviving a terrible history to become a talented man and courageous speaker. Never forget the Holocaust!
Lynn
Mar 06, 2014 Lynn rated it it was amazing
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An emotional ride of a story. Even knowing how it ends, I felt the emotion of the story and was worried for the author. Thank You, Mr. Clary for sharing that much of yourself with the world. I cannot see Louis Lebeau in the same way ever again.
Anne Lawrence
Feb 13, 2016 Anne Lawrence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The honesty and candor in this book is beyond anything I have read. I fell in love with Hogan's Heroes and Lebau as a child watching reruns. It is amazing how he finds joy in life after enduring the horrors of deportation and the loss of family. His story reminds us that we must not forget.
Shelley
Jul 25, 2011 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who knew??? An extremely interesting memoir.
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