Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hogan's Heroes

One of us here is a total Hogan's Heroes fan (although she does prefer Beaver even more). One of the boys discovered something interesting. The main German characters in Hogan's Heroes were Jews. The actors who played Klink and Schultz were Jews who escaped Europe. The Gestapo major (Hochstetter) was an American Jew. The general (Burkhalter) was a Jew who was captured and beaten by the Gestapo and then interred for the duration of the war.

In addition to the Germans, the actor who played LeBeau (the Frenchman) was really a Jew from Paris who spent nearly three years in concentration camps.

These men were actors. They played parts. They earned money for their families by holding down a job in a comedy. But what amazes me is how much the world has changed in the last 40 years: can you even imagine a similar situation occurring today?

1 comment:

  1. Hogan's Hereos fans are in this house. The man of the house received a DVD set of one season for his birthday. We had no idea the characters were played by Jews, quite interesting.