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Robert Clary Story | Sydney & Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

“From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story” – A film by Karen and Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg .

Watch now online … a truly inspiring film about a Hollywood legend ….

Click ⓘ right corner YouTube screen – for link to the site of the Sydney & Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2021 Monday 22nd November – 20th December

Features films

The Lift-Off Film Festival 2021 is screening 41 feature films The Robert Clary Story is Episode 19 .

Festival Tickets
Get a ‘Features’ ticket with access to all the 41 Features from the Lift-Off Film site , which also allows voting (2 votes) for the films.

Robert Clary

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.

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 thirteen 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.

USHMM (news facebook Nov 21, 2021) – “That was second nature with me—singing, dancing, clowning around. And that helped me tremendously when I was deported.”
Before Robert Clary was a star in the 1960s TV hit, “Hogan’s Heroes,” playing a French POW, he survived several concentration camps.
In 1942, at age 16, Robert, who was a born to a Jewish family in France, was deported along with his parents and several other family members.
Robert’s singing talent became a means of survival. He remembers performing for inmates at one camp he was sent to and having the SS come to watch at another. He concluded that maybe “they had such a terrible life hitting us and killing us that they wanted to be entertained too.”
As Soviet troops approached German-occupied Poland in January 1945, Robert was imprisoned at Blechhammer, a sub-camp of Auschwitz. Blechhammer was evacuated. The SS forced prisoners on a days-long death march to the Gross Rosen concentration camp. Robert was then evacuated by train to the Buchenwald concentration camp.
After Buchenwald was liberated in April 1945, Robert reunited with some of his siblings who had survived in France. He later learned that his parents and the other family members he had been deported with had not survived. In 1949, he immigrated to the United States.
After years as a recording artist, he was cast as Corporal Louis LeBeau on “Hogan’s Heroes.” Many questioned how Robert felt about his role on the show, particularly because he didn’t speak openly about his Holocaust experience until the 1980s. He later noted how humor helped him survived.
“For the ten minutes that I worked, or the 15 minutes that I sang, they forgot where they were—and that was the most important thing. And that’s what makes me—being alive.”

The World Premiere was November 13, 2018 at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Cinema Paradiso, Hollywood, Fl (USA).
Earlier this year the film was online at the Paris Lift–Off Film Festival, and now again available worldwide online at the Sydney & Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2021 from today Monday 22nd November till Monday 20th December.

The film is also available at the holocaust centers USHMM and Yad Vashem.

Promo film (20211122) by Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

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LINKS

Festival site https://liftoff.network/sydneymelbourne-lift-off-film-festival-2021/

Vimeo users may also watch directly via Vimeo on demand – with no option for voting though – via channel https://vimeo.com/ondemand/australialiftofffeatures

Richard Bloom Productions – http://richardbloomproductions.com

Sidney Australia Lift-Off 2021 Official Selection of “The Robert Clary Story”

“From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story” – A film by Karen and Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg | Selected for Sydney, Australia Lift-Off Film festival Nov 21-Dec 13, 2021

Australia now too !
“From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story” — A film by Karen and Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg — Selected for Sydney, Australia Film festival Nov 21 -Dec 13 , 2021. Hogan’s Heroes with Robert Clary was a big hit in Australia and Robert Clary made several visits there.

Currently screening at the Paris festival .. Link here from post October 27….. more soon …

NEWS

Watch full film, From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story – now online at Sydney & Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2021 – Features – Episode 19

Watch full film : From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story – now online at Sydney & Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival 2021 – Features – Episode 19

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Robert Clary Story | Paris Lift–Off Film Festival

Watch now online at the Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2021 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 .

The Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2021 is screening 35 feature films via the Vimeo channel https://vimeo.com/ondemand/parisliftoff21features The Robert Clary Story is Episode 10 .

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.

Click ⓘ right corner YouTube screen – for link to the Robert Clary Story full film online at the Vimeo channel of the Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2021.

Tickets Festival Site

Choose the FEATURES section for access to all 35 films, and option to vote for your favorite film …

Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2021

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 thirteen 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.

Promo film (20211027) by Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

Updates

October 29, 2021 – Added link to festival site . Link to getting PARIS LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL tickets – via the Festival site (not direct via Vimeo). Next choose the Features section (35 films including Robert Clary story) … This should also allow you to vote for the films

TAGS #RobertClary #Widerman #Buchenwald #Hollywood #holocaust #camp #Lebeau #HogansHeroes #Paris #France #Griffin #Cantor #deportation #nazi #LiftOff #film #festival #KarenLynne #RichardBloom #documentary #UnitedStates #screen #worldwide #online #Vimeo #1Memo #michelvanderburg #MiraclesMedia

1945 – Terugkeer Van Den Vliegenden Hollander | Return Of The Flying Dutchman

(English below)

1945 – Terugkeer Van Den Vliegenden Hollander

Brits-Nederlandse propagandafilm over de Nederlandse vliegeniers, ‘vliegende Hollanders’, tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog en bij hun thuiskomst na de overwinning op de Duitsers.
De stijl van de film is heroïsch en bestaat uit fragmenten van archief-, journaal- en speelfilms. Met Philip Bloemendaalachtige voice-over.

De film begint op 10 mei 1940 en toont de overmacht van de Duitsers – voor de Nederlanders was het ‘geen oorlog zoals zij zich die voorstelden’. Te zien zijn beelden van de Duitse inval in het Westen met o.a. de landing bij Moerdijkbruggen en het bombardement op Rotterdam, de gevechten bij Sedan, de Nederlandse overgave, vluchtende Nederlanders naar Engeland en de aankomst van de Koningin Wilhelmina in Londen.

Nederlanders in opleiding bij de RAF als vliegtuigbemanningen. Oefenen op de schietbaan. Nederlanders in eigen land bij het ondergrondse verzet. Ook aandacht voor drukken van illegaal drukwerk in Nederland. Het verspreiden van De Waarheid. “Dit volk bleef aan de overwinning geloven”. Gedwongen te werk stellen in Duitsland, de Arbeidseinsatz. Geloof in de vrijheid werd gevoed door de kerken. Preek vanaf de kansel. ZKH prins Bernhard bij het 322 squadron met hun mascotte, de papegaai Polly Grey. Beelden van aanvallen op Duitse transporten. Verschillende vliegtuigen zijn te zien, zoals de Spitfire, Hawker Typhoon, B-25 Mitchell bommenwerpers en Lancasters. Zij die dit overleefden kregen hulp, van o.a. mevrouw Van Bruggen die vertelt over een gebeurtenis in november 1943, toen een RAF-piloot was neergestort bij een boerderij in de buurt. Samen met de boerin hielpen ze de piloot, en een aantal van zijn collega’s, te ontsnappen, terug naar Engeland.

De invasie in Normandië, tijdens D-Day. “En de kust werd genomen”. Ook de Nederlandse middelzware bommenwerpers werden door Montgomery ingezet. Het oprukken van de geallieerde troepen door Noord-Frankrijk, België en Nederland. Beelden van Artillerievuur en gevangen Duitse soldaten. De bevrijding van Rouan, Amiens, België en Eindhoven.
Landen van North American B-25 Mitchell op vliegbasis [Soesterberg]. Ontvangst en huldiging op het kasteel van Helmond. Een officieel welkom door de burgemeester van ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Daarna komen de Vliegende Hollanders thuis. Vervolgens speldt ZKH prins Bernhard bij sommigen van hen het Vliegerkruis op. Sommige Vliegende Hollanders keerden niet terug…. “Aan hun nagedachtenis wordt deze film eerbiedig opgedragen.” Hun namen verschijnen in beeld.

Return Of The Flying Dutchman

British-Dutch propaganda film about the Dutch aviators, ‘flying Dutchmen’, in the Royal Air Force — in the Fighter Command, the Bomber Command and the Pathfinder Force — during the Second World War, and on their return home after the victory over the Germans.

World War II propaganda film (1945) produced by the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit & Nederlandsche Luchtstrijdkrachten.
The film is composed of scenes taken from numerous films made between 1940 and 1945.

The film starts with the ‘Blitzkrieg’ in Holland, the German invasion by surprise – landing in the West of Holland , bombing of Rotterdam, and escape of the dutch Queen Wilhelmina arriving in London.

Next training of the RAF flight crews, and of the dutch resistance in Holland is shown, and the forced labor of Dutch workers in Germany – the ‘Arbeitseinsatz’.
The dutch Prince Bernhard visits the Dutch squadron of the Royal Air Force – RAF 322.

Following the Normandy invasion, the British army advances in France and Belgium on its way to the Netherlands. The enthusiastic residents of the dutch city of Eindhoven welcome the tanks. Prince Bernhard honors the brave pilots with the Airman’s Cross (Dutch: Vliegerkruis) . Finally, a plaque shows the long list of names of those who fell in the five war years.

Credit

Return Of The Flying Dutchman ~ Film ‘Terugkeer Van Den Vliegenden Hollander’ produced (1945) by the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit & Nederlandsche Luchtstrijdkrachten ~ Source : “Collection Netherlands Institute of Military History” – thanks to Stephan Deiters | NIMH . Remastered film (20210508) Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg•com – CC BY 4.0 .

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Behind-the-scenes Robert Clary Story ~ From Buchenwald to Hollywood


Behind-the-scenes at the premiere of ‘From Buchenwald to Hollywood, The Robert Clary Story’ screening Nov 13th 2018 at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival with filmmakers Karen Lynne, Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg in Cinema Paradiso , Hollywood, Florida , USA.
Music : LCHA DODI from the album, Light of the River (Or Hanachal) performed by Shai Perelman and Omer Horowitz. More info at Richard Bloom Productions site : richardbloomproductions.com .
Behind-the-scenes Robert Clary Story ~ From Buchenwald to Hollywood | 20201115 | Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

Vincent


Vincent ~ Auberge Ravoux in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise near Paris, France, photographed summer 1996.
Vincent van Gogh’s place the last 70 days of his life – in the Ravoux Inn with his tiny attic room , where he died in the early morning of 29 July 1890 – shot in the stomach (either by himself or by others).
Vincent ~ Music : Gymnopedie (Satie) by Ohad Ben Ari | Artlist ~ Film : 20200728 Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com | miracles.media

Spuren | Traces ~ Valérie & Michel Claverie

Spuren | Traces ~ Valérie & Michel Claverie
Book presentation.

En – Traces … The death march of the inmates of Sachsenhausen concentration camp. French and German bilingual edition.
In the spring of 1945, when the Red Army approached Berlin, Himmler ordered to “evacuate” around 30,000 prisoners from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The first death march leaves the camp on the night of April 20-21, 1945. Without water and food, weakened by captivity, thousands of prisoners die in the woods and on the streets of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg, the weakest are shot by the SS . About a third of all victims of the concentration camps died in the months before the liberation.
In 2015, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation, Valérie and Michel Claverie decided to follow the prisoner’s number 66213 path from Sachsenhausen to Crivitz, where he once found freedom again. From this memorial march a diary of a journey was created, which illustrates the testimonies of the last survivors with photographs and drawings. (Translation presented by Michel van der Burg , based on the german text).

FR – Traces … La marche de la mort des déportés du camp de concentration de Sachsenhausen. Edition bilingue français-allemand.
Au printemps 1945, alors que l’Armée rouge progresse vers Berlin, Himmler ordonne de chasser sur les routes près de 30 000 déportés du camp de concentration de Sachsenhausen. L’évacuation démarre dans la nuit du 20 au 21 avril 1945. Sans eau ni soin, déjà affaiblis par leur détention, des milliers de prisonniers meurent dans les rues et dans les forêts du Brandebourg et du Mecklembourg, les plus faibles sont abattus par la SS. Environ un tiers des victimes sont décédées au cours des derniers mois d’existence des camps.
En 2015, à l’occasion du 70ème anniversaire de la libération, Valérie et Michel Claverie ont choisi de marcher dans les pas du matricule 66213, de Sachsenhausen à Crivitz où il retrouva la liberté. De cette initiative mémorielle est né le livre « Traces », un carnet de voyage réunissant autour des témoignages des derniers survivants, les photographies et les dessins rapportés.

DE – Spuren … Der Todesmarsch der Häftlinge des KZ Sachsenhausen. Zweisprachige französisch-deutsche Ausgabe.
Im Frühjahr 1945, als sich die Rote Armee Berlin nähert, befiehlt Himmler, etwa 30 000 Häftlinge des KZ Sachsenhausen zu „evakuieren“. Der erste Todesmarsch verlässt das Lager in der Nacht vom 20. auf den 21. April 1945. Ohne Wasser und Verpflegung, entkräftet durch die Gefangenschaft, sterben Tausende Häftlinge in den Wäldern und auf den Straßen Brandenburgs und Mecklenburgs, die Schwächsten werden von der SS erschossen. Ungefähr ein Drittel aller Opfer der Konzentrationslager kam in den letzten Monaten vor der Befreiung um.
2015, anlässlich des 70. Jahrestages der Befreiung, beschlossen Valérie und Michel Claverie, den damaligen Weg des Häftlings mit der Nummer 66213 nachzugehen, von Sachsenhausen bis Crivitz, wo er einst die Freiheit wiederfand. Aus diesem Gedenkmarsch entstand das Tagebuch einer Reise, das Zeugnisse der letzten Überlebenden mit Fotografien und Zeichnungen illustriert.

Paperback : Spuren | Traces ~ Valérie & Michel Claverie (Editors & Illustrations) | ISBN 9783863314484 | Metropol Verlag (Mar 2020). Film : 20200520 Michel van der Burg | michelvanderburg.com | miracles.media

Links :

La Mémoire en Marche 2020 | @lamemoireenmarche | www.lamemoireenmarche.com

Metropol | https://metropol-verlag.de/produkt/valerie-michel-claverie-spuren-traces/