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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

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

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

Berlin 1933


Diversity Destroyed / Zerstörte Vielfalt 1933 – 1938. City of Berlin theme year 2013 of commemoration, remembrance, warning and discussion of the Nazis’ assumption of power in 1933 and the pogroms of 1938. Unter den Linden , Berlin , Germany, September 8, 2013. Berlin 1933 | 20200908 | Michel van der Burg | 1-memo•com

Diversity Destroyed


Diversity Destroyed / Zerstörte Vielfalt – Poster pillar filmed september 2013 in Berlin, Germany, with Hannah Arendt, Cora Berliner, and Gertrud Kolmar.

Post on the occasion of the opening of the Hannah Arendt Institute@HannahArendtInstituut – last week in Mechelen, Belgium

Film : 20200531 | Diversity Destroyed | Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com | miracles.media .

Ashes Pond

Ashes Pond
An unforgettable moment for me that ‘touching the ash pond’ I filmed in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, were I was filming Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel, May 2012, for the upcoming documentary film Miracles.
Into this pond were dumped the ashes of the people, who were murdered (gassed) and burned at the nearby crematorium.
Sharing this moment today for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz camps. Courtesy of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oświęcim, Poland. Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp in Poland, May 24th 2012.
Film : Ashes Pond (20200127) Michel van der Burg | miracles.media

Sjabbos

Film link : http://www.oorloginblik.nl/film/niod/2759421

Sjabbos | Friday Night (1932) avant garde film documentary made by dutch filmmaker Jan Teunissen (G.J. Teunissen) on the Amsterdam Jewish Quarter when sabbath starts.
It’s the first film presented by the dutch jewish film producer Loet C. Barnstijn – and as and artistic documentary , different from his later films. Sound by Polygoon Haarlem and Tobis-Klangfilm, Studios Éclair Paris-Èpinay-sur-Seine.

Pre-war Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter at the start of the shabbat: street life with shops and market, the Zuidertoren tower strikes 4 o’clock and the sabbath starts. The shops are closing, businesses are being shut down, employees are rushing home.
While the women at home put the finishing touches to the meal, carefully set the table and light the candles, the men hurry to the synagogue. Chazan Blanes enters the Snoge (Portuguese Synagogue) through the side gate, cantor Maroko greets the shabbat in the Grote Synagoge (Great Synagogue).

Jan Teunissen joined the National Socialist Movement in the Netherlands in 1940, benefactor member of the dutch SS in 1941 and head of the Filmgilde – the film section of the dutch ‘Kultuurkamer’ – the NS propaganda organisation in Holland during WW2.
Fragments of this film where used in 1941 in the dutch version of the Nazi antisemitic propaganda film “The eternal Jew”.
After the war Jan Teunissen was detained 3 years and subsequently prohibited from working in the Dutch film industry for ten years.

References
http://www.oorloginblik.nl/film/niod/2759421
https://www.eyefilm.nl/en/collection/film-history/person/jan-teunissen https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Teunissen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTMN_QOrdKQ