Trivia: During WW2 Robert Clary, who played Louis LeBeau, had been imprisoned at Drancy internment camp in France, and at Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp where he was tattooed with the number "A5714." He was the youngest of 16 children. Twelve members of his immediate family were sent to Auschwitz, and perished.
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Trivia: Werner Klemperer was Jewish. When he was a child, he and his parents fled Germany when WWII broke out. Klemperer plays Klink as a buffoon, always losing in the end, and totally oblivious to the Allies shenanigans; he insisted that it be written into the contract that this formula be followed. Otherwise, another man would have been Klink.
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Trivia: The ever-present helmet on Klink's desk and in the opening and closing credits is a "Pickelhaube" (pronounced pickle-how-be). It was originally a Prussian helmet design that later spread throughout the German Reich and beyond. It quickly became a symbol of Prussian militarism and hints at Klinks military career in the 1st WW. The spike on top was supposed to deflect a sabre blow from an enemy. The ones on the desk are the 1915 model, identified by it's easily detachable tip. Since it was inadequate in a modern combat environment - it was made from leather - it was succeeded in 1916 by the nowadays equally iconic Stahlhelm.
Trivia: Hogan's Heroes was originally conceived as a comedy set in a U.S. Penitentiary. Creator Bernard Fein tried for four years to sell it, gave up, and was headed home on a plane when he saw a passenger reading the novel Von Ryan's Express. That gave him an idea. He flew back to Hollywood with a proposal for a show now set in a German P.O.W. Camp, and sold the series in four days.
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Trivia: When the outside night time activities were filmed (i.e., entering or exiting the Emergency entrance, et cetera), and it was at the back lot film location, it was during the day, and the cameras were fitted with "night lenses." This was a special filter that turned day time to an evening setting.
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