Hogan’s Heroes-Matt West

Hogan’s Heroes 1965-1971. The German officers in the show are portrayed as dunces. With the clever Col. Hogan always manipulating the German Colonel and dealing with the “lovable” Sgt. Schultz in order to advance ally interest. Interestingly enough [The actors who played the four major German roles—Werner Klemperer (Klink),[61] John Banner (Schultz), Leon Askin (Burkhalter), and Howard Caine (Hochstetter)—were Jewish. Furthermore, Klemperer, Banner, Askin, and Robert Clary (LeBeau) were Jews who had fled the Nazis during World War II.] The Germans were depicted as bruttish and slow. This allowed the more cunning American characters to mock the Facist regime. During a time when America was undergoing significant change, Hogan’s Heroes gave a very different source of entertainment than most sitcoms of the day.

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2 Responses to Hogan’s Heroes-Matt West

  1. I think this is a really interesting post! I like how the actors somewhat contrast their characters. Do you think there are any other shows like that? — Sam Beckerman

  2. marymdalton says:

    Will be curious to see how you compare it to M*A*S*H, which we see next week.

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