A truly inspiring film about a Hollywood legend FROM BUCHENWALD TO HOLLYWOOD , THE ROBERT CLARY STORY
A film by Karen and Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg
Richard Bloom Productions is producing a new documentary about legendary actor, Broadway star, singer, artist, author and Holocaust lecturer, Robert Clary.
Mr. Clary is widely known for his role as Corporal Lebeau on the long running TV series Hogan’s Heroes.
What is little known by the public is that Robert’s real last name is Widerman, and in 1942 at the age of 16, he and twelve members of his family were rounded up in Paris, France and deported by the Nazis to concentration camps. He was the only one to survive, having endured 31 months in four Nazi camps and a death march until his liberation from Buchenwald by the U.S. Army on April 11, 1945.
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.
His inspiring story will be shared with the world in From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story, which is currently in post-production.
These Belgian ASF one year ‘Service for Peace’ volunteers work a year in both social projects with the elderly, migrants, people with disabilities, and socially vulnerable children , and also historical and educational projects, in eg. museums and memorials , like Kazerne Dossin.
Resistance is the current year theme for the ASP – reason enough to pay attention to an unique act of resistance in the history of the Second World War: the attack at Boortmeerbeek on the 20th death train to Auschwitz. More details and free online viewing of the film here on this site via this link.
① memo 20170721 ~ Settela ~ The 9-year-old dutch Sinti-girl Anna Maria ‘Settela’ Steinbach peeks outside , at the last moment just before the sliding door is closed , standing inside a freight wagon with 74 people on May 19 , 1944 in the Westerbork concentration camp in Holland , when this deportation train leaves for Auschwitz-Birkenau – where Settela is murdered a few months later in one of the gas chambers. Here she wears a headscarf made from a torn sheet, because the Nazis had her head shaved , and while Settela peeks outside , her mother cries behind her in the car : “Get out of there, or soon your head gets in between!”
She was filmed by the jewish prisoner filmmaker Rudolf Breslauer as part of a documentary film being made on the Westerbork camp. More info here http://romasinti.eu/#story/settela-steinbach
In this short film I start with a slow-motion (10x) of the 3 seconds clip, followed by the unedited clip from the Westerbork 1944 film rushes / Rudolf Breslauer / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Open Images)
① memo 20170629 ~ Splash ~ June 29 , 2017 , Antwerp , Belgium – Premiere today of this one minute film “Splash” in The One Minutes Series of July 2017 called “Enjoy your file, download your life” curated by Studio David Claerbout and hosted by both The One Minutes , De Imagerie , and Het Bos in Antwerp , Belgium
“Splash” was made August 1, 2016 and added that day to the archive of The One Minutes.
[ Note : another copy of this 1 minute with a different soundtrack , called “Crossing” , was archived that same day by The One Minutes ]
The footage was shot September 26 , 2015 in the Greek Aegean Sea in the aftermath of storms across the Mediterranean that brought apocalyptical flash floods and torrential rainfall in nearby places.
① memo 20170131 ~ L’Atelier ~ Short personal impression of last year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Atelier Marcel Hastir. ‘L’Atelier’ hosted the special screening (and Belgium premiere) of the documentary “Transport XX to Auschwitz” Jan 31, 2015 – Brussels, Belgium