Saturday, February 14, 2015
Hogan's Heroes & Robert Clary
Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to July 4, 1971.
Bob Crane starred as Colonel Robert E. Hogan, co-ordinating an international crew of Allied prisoners running a Special Operations group from the camp. Werner Klemperer played Colonel Wilhelm Klink, the incompetent commandant of the camp, and John Banner was the inept sergeant-of-the-guard, Hans Schultz.
But beret-wise, it was Corporal Louis LeBeau (Robert Clary) who stole the show. Free French Air Force Corporal Louis LeBeau is a Master Chef who is passionate about his cooking and a notoriously patriotic Frenchman.
Robert Clary is a French Jew who was in the Nazi concentration camps Ottmuth and Buchenwald. After Hogan's Heroes went off the air, Clary maintained close ties to fellow Hogan's Heroes cast members Werner Klemperer and John Banner, who also had their lives affected by the Holocaust. He also spent years touring Canada and the United States, speaking about the Holocaust. He is a painter, painting from photographs he takes on his travels.
Clary wrote a memoir, From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes: The Autobiography of Robert Clary in 2001.