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The New Old Germany
Move Over, Col. Klink, It’s Time for Sgt. Schultz
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  • dfooter

    Think you haven’t watched the show in awhile. Col. Klink is the martinet incompetent, Sgt. Schultz is seemingly incompetent but slyly capable. Problems outlined here are more in line with Col. Klink.

  • Gene

    These analogies don’t really work, but kudos to TAI for at least attempting to connect a howlingly implausible 1960’s sitcom to modern Germany.

    In the TV series Col. Klink was not what I’d call a “disciplinarian,” though perhaps he thought of himself that way. He was a ninny, better suited to running a candy store, dropped into a position of authority that was way, way over his head. Sgt. Schultz was a decent fellow thrust into a job he had neither the ability or temperament for. I always thought he looked the other way not so much because of laziness but as a way of avoiding the unpleasant responsibilities he would have had as a POW-camp guard. In fact, as was revealed in one episode, Schultz was in civilian life the owner of one of Germany’s leading toy companies, making him likely a far smarter and more competent fellow than his boss.

    • Tom

      You’re being a little unfair to Klink–he was a terrible commanding officer, but one got the impression that he was a good fighter pilot during World War I, and not just based on his bragging. He never should have been put in charge of a POW camp, but he would have made (I think) a decent squadron commander.

      • f1b0nacc1

        Remember he was also a coward, which was why he WASN’T a squadron commander…
        Interesting trivia here. Werner Klemperer (who played Klink) agreed to play the part ONLY if Klink would never prevail in any of his conflicts with Hogan….

        • Tom

          Well yes–given that he survived the Holocaust…

          • f1b0nacc1

            Interestingly enough, he was chosen for the part because of his chilling performance as an unrepentant ex-Nazi judge in the brilliant “Judgement at Nuremberg”….the anti-Klink, as it were

          • paridell

            Klink, Schultz… but what about General Burkhalter, who was always threatening to send Klink to the Russian Front, even though he was an Army general and Klink was a Luftwaffe colonel? Not to mention SS Major Hochstetter, anachronistically parading around in his dress black uniform from the 1930s. If we are thinking Germanic types, Klink and Schultz are two of a kind, basically nice guys who happened to be in uniform. Burkhalter and Hochstetter represented militarism and Nazism, neither of them elements to be overlooked.

            By the way, the inmates were not “U.S. soldiers”. They were airmen (with a token British sergeant plus a Frenchman, neither of whom should really have been there) and the camp was Stalag Luft 13.

          • f1b0nacc1

            There was also a Russian there in the pilot episode, for what it is worth (grin)…
            Burkhalter has one of my favorite lines in the series. After listening to some of Klink’s endless toadying (and I must disagree with you, Klink was a coward, a cheat, a liar, and an utterly dishonorable individual, laughable only because of his relentless incompetence), he (Burkhalter) said.. “Klink, stop agreeing with me, you are undermining my confidence!”

  • Boritz

    Raises the question of who had the greater impact on culture, Werner von Braun or Werner Klemperer?

  • ljgude

    Ah, scratch a Green and you find a Red underneath, but scratch a German capitalist and you find a 19th century robber baron underneath. But Green or downright redneck we all want our cars to go like blazes. VW knows this and so does Elon Musk.

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