Jawohl! It's Time to Take the Hogan’s Heroes Trivia Quiz


By: Monica Lee

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There's nothing funny about being a prisoner of war unless you are imprisoned in Luft Stalag 13. In fact, the camp is so popular, people are breaking in instead of breaking out. Well, not really, but the camp sure did have its share of visitors. The camp was fictitious, and so were most of the characters. Why most? Because some characters, including some major German generals, were real.

Even though the camp was fictitious, it was actually based on a real one, the Hammelburg POW camp in Bavaria. In this, real, camp, POWs and Germans sparred in much the same way as in the television show. Real life General Gunther von Goeckel, a reluctant commandant, was the inspiration for Colonel Klink, played by Werner Klemperer, and Colonel Paul Goode served as the real-life inspiration for Colonel Robert E. Hogan, played by Bob Crane. The real Stalag 13 was, and remains, a German training camp, that for a time during World War II, housed prisoners of war. And, yep, the real-life prisoners had a secret radio, just like the POWs in the show.

Ready to find out if you are a real Hogan's hero? Take this quiz.

The star of the show is Colonel Robert E. Hogan. What is the actor’s name who portrays this character?

Bob Crane portrays Colonel Robert E. Hogan, United States Army Air Forces, senior ranking POW officer and leader of the group. According to this character’s backstory, he commanded the 504th Bombardment Group. He was shot down while on a raid on Hamburg in an operation masterminded by Luftwaffe Colonel Biedenbender, who studied Hogan's tactics in order to defeat him and was promoted to general for doing so. After Hogan's Heroes ended, Crane's career declined. He became frustrated with the few roles he was being offered and began doing dinner theater. Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment, a murder that remains officially unsolved


Who proudly and repeatedly says, “No one has ever escaped from Stalag 13.”

Colonel Wilhelm Klink (portrayed by Werner Klemperer) is the camp commander and an old-line Luftwaffe officer of aristocratic Prussian descent. However, because he is inept, Stalag 13 is a base of operations for the allies. Colonel Klink’s favorite expression was "No prisoner ever escaped from Stalag 13", though prisoners could virtually come and go as they pleased. Klemperer, conscious that he would be playing the role of a German officer during the Nazi regime, agreed to the part only on the condition that Klink would be portrayed as a fool who never succeeded.


Who says, “I see NOTHING” (pronounced like Notzing)

Sergeant Schultz, when confronted by blatant evidence of the prisoners' clandestine activities, will simply look the other way, repeating "I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing!" (or, more commonly as the series went on, simply "I see nothing–NOTHING!"). This eventually became one of the main catchphrases of the series and probably the one most widely used by fans of the show.


Which of the following are secret code names you heard on Hogan Heroes?

The various secret code names that Colonel Hogan and his outfit used were fairy tale names of "Papa Bear", "Goldilocks", and "Little Red Riding Hood". Colonel Hogan's codename was "Goldilocks" in the series debut, when he contacted an underwater submarine.


What is the name of the POW camp?

The setting of Hogan’s Heroes is a fictional version of Stalag Luft 13 (Camp 13 in early episodes), a prisoner-of-war camp for captured Allied airmen located north of the town of Hammelburg in the Bad Kissingen woods. The "Hogan's Heroes" set was built on a section of the Desilu production lot called "40 Acres" in Culver City, California. The production lot is now called Cinema General, and the set itself no longer exists. It was used in the making of a forgettable movie titled, "Ilsa: She-Wolf of the S.S.," and the set was destroyed when it was blown up for the final scene.


What was the name of the secretaries that worked for Colonel Klink?

Fräulein Helga, portrayed by Cynthia Lynn for the first year of the series and Fräulein Hilda, portrayed by Sigrid Valdis for the rest of the series, served as the secretaries of Colonel Klink. Both Fräulein Helga and Fräulein Hilda were portrayed as having ongoing flirting and kissing relationships with Colonel Hogan. Both assist Hogan by providing tidbits of information, access to official papers or equipment, in exchange for a warm kiss or some other form of affectionate gesture from Hogan. In real life, Sigrid Valdis and Bob Crane were married on the show's set in Culver City, California, Nearly all of the crewmen and -women, and all the cast members of the TV series were present, and Richard Dawson served as the best man to the groom.


Just inside the "emergency tunnel" is a submarine-style periscope, which the prisoners use to check conditions outside the tree stump trapdoor. What other interesting ways did the crew get intel?

From the coffee pot tap placed in Klink’s office to hear conversations, to the periscope in the rain barrel, and the secret door in Schultz's closet, the show was full of inventive ways to spy on others. In addition, the stove in Klink's private quarters, a tree stump right outside the camp (known as the emergency tunnel), and a doghouse in the guard dog compound serve as trapdoors. Plus, let’s not forget all the tunnels!


Which of these saying would you hear from Major Hochstetter?

Major Wolfgang Hochstetter, portrayed by Howard Caine, is a member of the Gestapo and the SS (Schutzstaffel). He is an ardent Nazi who never understands why Hogan is constantly allowed to barge into Klink's office at will. The actor, Howard Caine was born on January 2, 1926, in Nashville, Tennessee, into a Jewish family. At the age of 13, Cohen moved with his family to New York City, where he began studying acting. Learning to erase his Southern accent, he went on to become a master of 32 foreign and American dialects.


Sergeant Hans Schultz is a favorite character in the series, what traits does he have that makes him so enjoyable to watch?

Schultz frequently plays cards with the prisoners, and usually loses — although much of this is caused by Newkirk fixing the games in order to get information from Schultz (in exchange for the money he lost or for money to gamble). Schultz likes to drink especially whenever free liquor is available. But above all Schultz, portrayed by John Banner, loves to eat, particularly LeBeau's exquisite cooking. He is a very non-threatening character including when he carries a Krag-Jørgensen rifle, which he never keeps loaded and tends to misplace or even hand to the POWs when he needs to use both hands!


Who would always say this? [on telephone] “What was that?” [pause] (muttering] “Oh yes, Heil Hitler.”

The correct answer is Klink. He is not the best German officer. He forgets to say Heil Hitler, Hogan is constantly reminding him about the rules of the Geneva Convention and he puts sawdust in the prisoner’s bread. In the German dubbed version, very often the salute "Heil Hitler" was changed to "Heil Kräuter!" (literally translated: medicinal herb).


Why was it always cold at Stalag 13?

Early in production planning it was decided to make it always be winter with snow on the ground and frost on the windows. This was to prevent problems with continuity and to allow the episodes to be shown in any order. It also helped convey the hardships of the POWs. Since much of the filming was done in the summer the actors had to wear coats and act cold even when the temperature was over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. For the first several seasons the "snow" on the roofs and on the ground was actually salt. By the fourth season much of the snow on the roofs had been replaced by patches of white paint. By the sixth season all the patches of snow on the roofs and many of the patches of snow on the ground, especially in the high traffic areas, were also just paint.


Why do we have such a soft spot for Schultz?

Schultz on several occasions is shown to be disgusted by Hitler in particular and the Nazis in general. In one episode, he mentions how much he preferred having a Kaiser rule Germany. His whole attitude can be summed up by his statement that "When it comes to war, I don't like to take sides". Not only does he look the other way when the prisoners are plotting, he also provides information due to his fondness of chocolate from Red Cross packages. It what he needs to maintain his rotund 325 pound frame.


Who is the gruff and rotund General who is Klink’s superior officer?

Albert Burkhalter is Klink's gruff and rotund superior officer, who is promoted from Colonel to General by the High Command. He tires easily of Klink’s babbling, “Shut up, Klink!" and regularly threatens to send him to the Russian Front or have him shot. Interestingly, Leon Aschkenasy who portrayed Albert Burkhalter is Jewish and, like Werner Klemperer, agreed to take a German role.


What is the underground?

The Underground was a collection of resistance groups, defectors, spies, counterspies, disloyal officers, and others. Coordination of allied espionage and sabotage operations against Nazi Germany were aided by the POWs at Stalag 13. They helped allied POWs from other camps and defectors to escape Germany (including supplying them with civilian clothes and false identification).


The original theme music for Hogan’s Heroes had no words. When words were added to the song, who sang them?

The theme music for Hogan's Heroes was composed by Jerry Fielding. Fielding added lyrics to the theme for Hogan's Heroes Sing the Best of World War II – an album featuring Dixon, Clary, Dawson, and Hovis singing World War II songs. The song also appeared on the album Bob Crane, His Drums and Orchestra, Play the Funny Side of TV.


Klink was known for his monocle and Hogan was known for his what?

Bob Crane is instantly recognizable as Hogan when he wears the leather bomber jacket. That jacket has its own history. It was originally worn by Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express (1965). Next, worn by Bob Crane in the Hogan Heroes series. Crane apparently did not get to keep the jacket he made famous because it was later worn by Greg Kinnear in Auto Focus (2002).


Who was called “cockroach”?

Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz nicknamed Captain LeBeau "Cockroach", for his small height. However, his diminutive height was a great asset when it came to espionage and sabotage. LeBeau was usually given an assignment in small quarters, such as the safe in Colonel Klink's office, box crates, or in a dumbwaiter.


Besides helping out on missions, what is LeBeau known for?

LeBeau’s skills in the kitchen match his skill completing missions. In numerous episodes, LeBeau uses his cooking skills to get Klink out of various jams with his superiors in exchange for extra privileges (which is usually just a ruse to gain access to Klink's guests). LeBeau, portrayed by Robert Clary, also bribes Schultz with food, especially his famous apple strudel. Robert Clary is a French Jew who was in the Nazi concentration camps Ottmuth and Buchenwald and still has his serial number tattooed on his arm.


When did the series air?

The episode ran from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1971 on the CBS network. It ran for 6 seasons.


Who is the tailor in the group?

As a skilled tailor, Newkirk is in charge of making or altering uniforms, civilian clothes, and other disguises as needed for missions or for prisoners from other camps they're trying to help get out of Germany. His skills go on and on. He is also a pick-pocket, lock picker and safe cracker.


Who is talking to Hogan in this quote? “Colonel Hogan if you ever escape …” Hogan: “Yeah?” “Be a good fellow and take me with you.”

The answer is Sergeant Shultz who has a unique relationship with Hogan. Sometimes Hogan and the prisoners will openly discuss details of their latest plot in front of Schultz or even tell him directly what they're up to. Shultz prefers to feign ignorance. John Banner who portrays Shultz is also Jewish. He studied for a law degree at the University of Vienna, but decided instead to become an actor. In 1938, when he was performing with an acting troupe in Switzerland, Adolf Hitler annexed Austria to Nazi Germany. Banner emigrated to the United States, where he rapidly picked up English.


What does Newkirk do at the POW camp?

Corporal Peter Newkirk, portrayed by Richard Dawson, is the group's con man, magician, pick-pocket, card shark, forger, bookie, tailor, lock picker, and safe cracker. He does numerous impersonations of German officers and a voice imitation of Adolf Hitler, and on one occasion a great imitation of the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. After Hogan’s Heros he became the original host of the Family Feud game show and a regular panelist on Match Game. In 1984, he became an American citizen while retaining his British citizenship.


Which one of the POW’s refers to women as “birds”?

Newkirk was a ladies’ man and called women “birds”. Newkirk is called "the Englander" by Schultz and even by Klink in some of the episodes. Dawson said in an interview that he had initially used a Liverpool accent for the Newkirk character, but had been told by Mike Dann (the then-president of CBS) to switch it to a Cockney accent, as Dann felt the Liverpool accent was not accessible to the American television audience.


What does Staff Sergeant James Kinchloe “Kinch” do for the POWs?

"Kinch”, portrayed by Ivan Dixon, was the communications specialist and translator of French. A talented mimic, Kinchloe easily imitates German officers speaking over the radio or telephone. Although outranked by Carter, Kinch acts as second in command in Hogan's crew. Having an African-American actor identified in such a manner was a large step for a 1960s television show.


Colonel Klink is known for what accessories (accessory).

Colonel Klink is known to always wears a monocle, carry a riding crop, and walk with a pronounced stoop. He is also known for his horrible violin playing which is in contrast to his real life. Werner Klemperer was a skilled violinist, son of the famous orchestra conductor Otto Klemperer, and a skilled orchestra conductor in his own right.


How does Sergeant Andrew Carter help sabotage missions?

United States Army Air Corps Technical Sergeant Andrew J. Carter is in charge of ordnance and bomb-making. He shows a great talent in chemistry and can produce formulas, chemicals, and intricate and explosive devices as needed. Carter, portrayed by Larry Hovis,is also called upon to impersonate German officers and, most convincingly, Adolf Hitler. After Hogan’s Heroes, he appeared on game shows as panelist and guest, as well as taught drama at Southwest Texas State University.


Klink and Schultz are constantly at risk of what?

Klink and Schultz are constantly at risk of being transferred to the cold and bloody Russian Front and arrested by the Gestapo. However, they have a guardian angel with Hogan. He helps to keep the duo in place if for no other reason than the fear of their being replaced by more competent officers.


Werner Klemperer was not the only one who received recognition for his acting skills, who else from the series received recognition?

In 1965 and 1966, Bob Crane was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Nita Talbot was also nominated for an Emmy in 1968 for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The Show itself was nominated for an Emmy for 3 years in a row for Outstanding Comedy Series. Take that haters!


Which of the characters played drums in real life?

A musician, especially percussionist, from a young age Bob Crane provided the drums for the Hogans Heroes theme song. His skills on the skins were featured early in the program in the third episode "Flight of the Valkyrie", and in the season six episode "look at the pretty snowflakes" where he performed the drum solo during 'Cherokee'.


What did Schultz do before the war?

The character of Sergeant Schultz, prior to the war, had been the president of a successful toy manufacturing company. Colonel Klink had previously been a bookkeeper.


There are always “haters”. What list did Hogan Heroes make?

In 2002, TV Guide named Hogan's Heroes the fifth worst TV show of all time in an article titled, TV Guide's 50 Worst TV Shows Ever. The entry for Hogan's Heroes in particular accuses the show of trivializing the suffering of real life POWs and the victims of the Holocaust with its comedic take on prison camps in the Third Reich. Some critical pieces, such as The Great TV Sitcom Book, did concede that, although the premise was ludicrous, the writing and acting were good.


Why did Larry Hovis, who plays Sargent Carter, always wear gloves?

Sergeant Andrew Carter, refused to remove his wedding ring for the series. He wore gloves for the majority of his performance (although there were occasions when the ring was visible). His left hand is rarely shown in the show.


Did the Germans ever watch Hogan’s Heroes?

German film distributor Kirch Gruppe acquired the rights to Hogan's Heroes, but did not broadcast it for many years due to fears that it would offend viewers. It was first broadcast on German television in 1992, but the program failed to connect with viewers. However, after the dialogue was rewritten to make the characters look even more foolish (which ensured that the viewers understood the characters were caricatures), the show became successful. The German version also introduced new unseen character, "Kalinke", who is Klink's cleaning lady and perennial mistress. Colonel Klink describes her as performing most of her cleaning duties in the nude.


Why was the show cancelled?

The show was still very popular in its final season on the air. However, it was caught up in the "rural purge" that took place just before the 1971-1972 television season. The main reason it was canceled was due to the fact that it was felt that the show mainly appealed to rural audiences and older people in much the same way that shows like The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Green Acres (1965) and Hee Haw (1969) did.


For his performance as Klink, Klemperer received how many Emmy nominations?

In each year of the series, Klemperer received a nomination --six Emmy Award nominations for best supporting actor, winning in 1968 and 1969. in 1973, Klemperer expanded his acting career with musical roles in opera and Broadway musicals. He earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Cabaret in its 1987.


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