Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Hogan's Heroes

            Hogan’s Heroes aired from 1965 to 1971, beginning twenty years after World War II. The television show received much criticism for trivializing war and Nazism. Many mistook it for a concentration camp, which it was not. Hogan and his men were prisoners of war in a luft stalag, a prison camp for airmen.
            The prisoners routinely made their captors look like buffoons. They got away with atrocious schemes because of the ineptness of the Germans. The actors portraying the Germans would certainly not have wished to sanction Germany’s actions during the war.

Richard Dawson, Bob Crane, Robert Clary, John Banner, and Werner Klemperer

            John Banner (Sgt. Schultz) was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1910. He was performing in Switzerland at the time of the Anschluss. As a Jew, he could not return home, and arrived in the United States as a refugee.
            Werner Klemperer (Col. Klink) was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1920. When Hitler came to power, Werner’s father, symphony conductor Otto Klemperer, was condemned for being Jewish. Foreseeing the danger, Otto moved his family to Vienna in 1933, and to the United States in 1935. Werner set a condition on his role as Col. Klink. Klink could never come out the winner in a confrontation with the prisoners. If he did, Klemperer would quit.
            Leon Askin (Gen. Burkhalter) was born in Vienna in 1907, and had worked with John Banner on stage before either emigrated. He had a contract with the Louise Dumont Playhouse in Germany when Hitler became chancellor in 1933. Askin was dismissed for being Jewish. He was arrested and beaten by the Gestapo. After the Austrian Consul got him released, he fled to Paris. He worked there and in Vienna until the Anschluss. For six months, he was held in a French prison as an Austrian enemy until the American visa he’d applied for came through and he came to the U.S. in March, 1940.
Howard Caine (Maj. Hochstetter) was born in Nashville, but he too was Jewish. He took the role to portray the Gestapo agent as a madman. He provided a contrast between the ruthless Nazi and the bumbling fools (Klink and Schultz) who were not members of the Nazi Party.
            Of all the cast members, it was Robert Clary (French Corporal Louis LeBeau) who had the worst experience at the hands of the Germans during World War II. Born in Paris in 1926, he spent three years in concentration camps for being Jewish. He was the only survivor of thirteen family members sent to the camps.
            All of them were asked how they could do Hogan’s Heroes. The television show was a parody never meant to portray a real prisoner-of-war camp. Not being based in reality, it featured absurd situations that remain funny to this day.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekly Windup: Still Time to Enter for Before I Knew You by Beth Steury

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Before I Knew You by Beth Steury

 (Paperback or ebook for US residents, ebook for international winners.)

After a series of bad choices rocked his world, seventeen-year-old Preston charts a new course as far from his ladies’ man ways as he can get. He distances himself from the dating scene and avoids his party-loving friends—the things that once dominated his life. Then he meets Maggie, the new girl in town, the first day of their junior year. She’s beautiful on the inside and out, knows nothing of his past, and he can’t get her out of his mind.

When a disastrous first date leaves her skeptical about the guys at Madison High, Maggie slows down her pursuit of a guy to trust with her white-wedding-dress future. She wants a boyfriend, sure, but he’d have to be nothing like the jerk who forced her first kiss. Someone more like Preston, who’s been nothing but sweet and helpful, not to mention, easy on the eyes. But he is so out of her league.

Can Maggie afford to let her guard down around the charming Preston? Will Preston’s past jeopardize his chances with the one girl who could anchor his future?
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Coming up this week:

Monday, 9/24: A devotion by Jodie Wolfe
Tuesday, 9/25: Tuesday Tidbit with Terri Wangard
Wednesday, 9/26: TBA
Thursday, 9/27: A book review by Angela Couch
Friday, 9/28: Wyoming Christmas Quadruplets, a book review by Heidi Main
Saturday, 9/30: TBA

Let Your Light Shine

Do you have a deep yearning that God has given you? It could be to do almost anything. I love the way God builds within us desires that line up with His will. It can be as simple (or complicated) as longing for a family of your own. Some might have a passion to be a song writer. Or perhaps your aspiration is to be a missionary or a doctor. It can be any number of a myriad of things since God created each of us different and unique. We all have a place and job in His kingdom here on earth. Don't you love that?

We are to use our gift to point the way to Jesus. I love these verses from Matthew 5:14-16. "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (NIV)

I too have had a deep longing ever since I was a little girl…to be an author. It's taken many years of writing with many rejections along the way. The path has been strewn with many ups and downs.
In the process of waiting, He has taught me many things. Most importantly is to keep my eyes on Him and trust Him to bring answered prayers about in His timing. He knows what is best for me. Even when things look the most dismal, I still can find hope and peace in God.

How about you? How are you using your gifts to point others to Jesus? 

Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. She's a contributor and co-founder of Stitches Thru Time blog. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.