Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Did Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes really know what Hogan and company were up to?

(via Wikipedia)
I'm not a big watcher of Hogan's Heroes, but for some reason, that idea popped into my head today. On the show, Klink is depicted and an absolute dumbass who probably couldn't find his way to the bathroom without getting lost and ending up on the Western Front. But what if it was just an act? What if Klink was fully aware that Hogan and his group were running a sophisticated intelligence operation out of Stalag 13 and purposely did jack and squat to stop him? There's certainly no way that he could be that blind and ignorant to Hogan's shenanigans unless it was all an act. As long as he didn't actively participate and played dumb, he could argue plausible deniability if the POWs were ever caught.

Think about it this way: Colonel Klink was a member of the German aristocracy (a Junker), even if his name lacked the wealth that normally comes with nobility. He was also a member of the regular Germany military. Both groups hated Hitler and the Nazis and even tried to assassinate the former many times. I mean, hell, Sgt. Schultz is depicted as equally dumb, but he at least had some knowledge that Hogan and Co. were up to something. If he knew, then Klink had to too, right?

Speaking of Schultz, it's weird how he's portrayed as an idiot, but yet, he ran the largest and most successful toy company in Germany before his factory was converted to war use and he was recalled to the military. How do you run a successful company and be as dumb as Schultz is depicted on the show?

Unfortunately, as The A.V. Club points out, Hogan's Heroes was never given a proper series finale, so we have no idea how things ended. I'd like to think though that if it did have a finale, it would be revealed that Klink and Schultz knew. It would also have them helping the POWs make their escape from Stalag 13 (no idea if the camp was in the danger from the Red Army or not) with the two Germans escaping with them as Hogan's "prisoners".

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