hogan-castApril 4, 1971 - The final episode of Hogan's Heroes aired. At six full seasons, Hogan's Heroes ran longer than the event it was based on - World War II. The show was based on a P.O.W. camp in Germany, called Stalag 13. The camp's claim to fame was that there had never been an escape. This was true, mostly because the prisoners came and went as they pleased, right under the German's noses.

Jewish Actors

There has been some controversy over the show. Some say it treats the atrocities of the holocaust with little respect. The fact is though, the sitcom's setting is a P.O.W. camp and not a concentration camp. Ironically, many of the German's in the show were almost all Jewish. The actors who played the four major German roles--Werner Klemperer (Klink), 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. Clary spent three years in a concentration camp, and his parents and other family members were killed there, and he has an identity tattoo from the camp on his arm. Likewise John Banner had been held in a (pre-war) concentration camp and his family was exterminated during the war. Leon Askin was also in a pre-war French internment camp and his parents were killed at Treblinka. (Source: Wikipedia)

The bottom line is this show had some of the most clever writing and best acting in TV sitcom history. It's currently in re-runs on TV Land. Surprisingly, nearly 40 years after it was cancelled, it's still popular with collectors and fans.

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Hogan's Heroes Theme Song (Sung by Hogan's Heroes)
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"Hogan's Heroes March" Lyrics

(sung by Hogan's Heroes)

by Jerry Fielding

Heroes, Heroes, husky men of war
Sons of all the Heroes of the war before
We're all heroes up to our ear o's
You ask the questions
We make suggestions
That's what we're heroes for

All good Heroes love a good, big fight
Open up the bomb bays brighten up the night
We earn laurels solving your quarrels
You throw the roses
We punch the noses
That's what we're heroes for

What's a Hero do?
We're never gonna tell ya
Cause we wish we knew
That's why we Heroes are so few
We've got a slogan
from Colonel Hogan
And Colonel Hogan's a Hero too

Never flinch boys never be afraid
Heroes are not born boys Heroes all are made
Ask not why boys never say die boys
Answer the call remember we'll all be Heroes forever more

Thanks to HogansHeroesFanClub.com for the theme and lyrics.

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