Born in 1926 in Paris, France, Robert Clary was the youngest of 14 children. Long before starring as Corporal Louis LeBeau on Hogan’s Heroes, Robert Clary began a career singing professionally on French radio at the age of 12, and also studied art at the Paris Drawing School. In 1942, he was deported to Ottmuth, in Upper Silesia (now Poland). He was tattooed with #A5714 and with two other concentration camps in between, he found himself in Buchenwald, where he was ultimately liberated on April 11, 1945. Twelve other members of his immediate family were sent to Auschwitz. This is one incredible story and you’ll never look at Hogan’s Heroes the same way again. Robert Clary’s documentary tentatively entitled “From the Holocaust to Hollywood – The Robert Clary Story” is coming soon from www.HolocaustEducationFilmFoundation.com
With the remarkable (and 96 years young) Dr. Susan Spatz (34042); Survivor of Birkenau. Just wait until you see her documentary from www.HolocaustEducationFilmFoundation.com. Many thanks to my new best friend Talli Dippold of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University for the introduction.
Susan Cernyak-Spatz, née Eckstein, was born in Vienna in 1922. In the following twenty-three years she experienced many of the terrors of her fellow European Jews: early Nazi oppression in Berlin; post- “Anschluss” Vienna; Nazi occupied Prague; and deportation to Theresienstadt in 1942. But the true horrors of the Nazi “Final Solution” awaited her in Birkenau, the woman’s camp in Auschwitz where she survived her internment, beginning in January, 1943, for two years. These months of hell were followed by a “Death March” and incarceration in Ravensbrück from which she and a group of fellow inmates walked away to freedom.
With the incredible 93 year old Itka Zygmuntowicz (25673); survivor of Birkenau-Auschwitz and a Death March to Ravensbruck, and the incomparable Educator Lise Marlowe, the first Discovery Channel “Teacher of the Year.”
Sima Segal was born in 1919 in Piatra Neamt, Romania. At 17, she moved to Bucharest to earn money as a seamstress. Her two brothers, Rubin and Zalman, were taken off the streets and sent to camps in Transnistria. Sima barely survived the pogrom in Bucharest in 1941. Throughout WWII, her customers and friends kept her safe, although she had many “close calls” as she moved from place to place. They called her Sylvia, a name she adopted. Her brothers survived the camps and moved to Israel. Sylvia made her way to a displaced person’s (DP) camp in Vienna, Austria, where she met a young American soldier, Leo Zealberg. They later married in Salzburg and in 1950, they moved to the United States, where they spent most of their lives in Philadelphia. Leo became suddenly ill in 2014, and both had to move to Mount Pleasant, SC, to be close to their son and his family. Leo died shortly thereafter and is buried in the National Cemetery in Beaufort, SC. Sylvia is an engaging storyteller and her survival is nothing short of miraculous. Coming soon from Holocaust Education Film Foundation.
Wait until you hear the story of David Tuck (141631) in 4 concentration camps. How do these remarkable stories of survival come with such an engaging personality. Last year David did 200 speaking engagements and he’s ready to shoot his documentary with us: www.HolocaustEducationFilmFoundation.com
Our Philadelphia sweep has been a huge success thanks to David Ozeroff!