Klink and Schultz are Resistance leaders
It would totally break the mood to connect them with the Valkyrie
plot, but Klink is definitely the same sort of officer who was involved with previous anti-Nazi groups. As for Schultz, there are White Rose connections that couldn't be proved.
- And apparently "Nimrod" (a super British spy) is in camp and able to slip Hogan plans for a jet fighter. That means it's Klink, Schultz, Hilda/Helga or Burkhalter. Given Burkhalter's position on the general staff and expressed dislike of Hitler and the Gestapo, it's not a long leap to say it's him; but the sheer amount of chaos that Schultz ignores makes it even more probable it's him.
- The Snopes.com Messageboard had a thing where people were writing obituaries of fictional characters, and Klink's was to this effect. It helps that Klink's background lines up pretty well with that of the Valkyrie plotters.
- One episode actually had Hogan aiding to smuggle in the bomb used in the Valkyrie plot; an agent actually died getting it to them. When the German officer who was his contact assured him that they would get rid of the 'fool', Hogan pointedly reminded him that they were the ones who put Hitler in power to start with.
See above. He ignores a LOT of stuff that Hogan does, including references to tunnels, multiple women, other resistance agents in the barracks, and the off explosion that is clearly the fault of the prisoners.
"Sometimes I have to be on our side," he says one time when cracking down on Hogan. It's not because he's a loyal German soldier; it's because he's preserving his cover. The times when he is overtly "on the Nazi side" are when Nazis other then Klink are in camp, such as Hochstetter (who's actively looking for spies).
- Plus he's aided and abetted their operations more than once. When Newkirk, Carter, and LeBeau get captured on an operation, Schultz impersonates Klink to help Hogan get them back. The trio had just blown up a train, it wouldn't have been difficult for Schultz to connect the dots.
He saw how effective a five man band of variously skilled saboteurs and espionage experts was. When the Cold War froze over, Hogan suggested setting up multiple versions of his 'heroes' for the American government and possibly nations allied with us. It's possible that the original team did consist of Newkirk, LeBeau, Carter and Kinchloe.
- And those men were in the Air Corps. Imagine what specially-trained commandos could do!
Someday Hogan and Klink will join Schultz in the toy business.
It's been established that Schultz owns
a toy factory in Bavaria. It's also established that Hogan's a hustler. It's easy to see a scenario where Hogan realizes that it'll be Babies Ever After
back home and makes an arrangement to distribute and market Schultz toys in the U.S., probably in exchange for an ownership stake (any pull to direct materials and Marshall Plan money to Schultz would help too...) Klink, meanwhile, would take any
work at all in the West over returning to Dresden and life in Soviet-controlled rubble.
- Working for the man who played him like a flugelhorn for three years?
- What, you think Klink is strong-willed enough to turn down a job offer in a postwar economy? He'd jump at it like Schultz going after a strudel.
- They even hinted at this in the show! Once, Klink was talking about what he would do after the war, stating that he might get into office work. Schultz spoke of going back to his toy factory. Klink contemptuously asks "What makes you think the boss will re-hire you?" Schultz smugly states that the boss doesn't have any choice, as Schultz is the boss! Which leads to a chastened Klink offering Schultz his imported cigars with a "Please have a cigar, sir!"
Each season is a reminiscing session with (by then) Lieutenant General/General Hogan and one of the other Heroes.
That's why the series is Out of Order
- Would also explain why they have the same couple of actors playing numerous Germans. Hogan and his crew got rid of so many German officers and agents that they don't even bothering remember what each one looked like.
Klink and Schultz know all about Hogan's operation, and are waiting until war's end to enlighten him.
No one can possibly be as stupid and incompetent and Klink and Schultz. Early in the war, they decided the Allies were sure to win...eventually. When Klink was assigned to Stalag 13, he brought Schultz along; the two collaborated in making life tolerable for the prisoners, in hopes of getting leniency after the war. When Hogan came on the scene, they quickly realized what he was doing, and chose to turn a blind eye. They documented Hogan's activities, though. Once they were sure the Allies were about to take the camp, they brought Hogan into Klink's office and showed him they could have stopped him, but didn't.
Klink and Schultz walked free after the war.
Following VE Day and the liberation of Allied POWs, the Heroes testified that the camp commandant and the top guard were humane in their treatment and that their own covert operations couldn't have gone as well under the scrutiny of somebody else. Seeing the evidence, possibly including the colonel's own notes from the guess above or information that they were working for the Allies in some covert fashion, the court-martial agrees, and Klink and Schultz are free to go.
Klink and Schultz did not "walk free," and escaped justice only by hiding...comically.
The "Hogan's Heroes" universe runs on the Rule of Funny
, and therefore, Klink and Schultz couldn't simply walk free after the war just like that. Like many Nazis, they fled to South America and took on new identities. For Klink and Schultz, this involved temporarily disguising as a married couple (Schultz played the husband while Klink was in drag), and eventually taking some comically embarrassing, low-paying jobs (like circus clowns, or pigeon keepers). At some point, Hogan ran into them again, pretended not to recognize them and offered polite flattery, and walked away with a smirk on his face.
Klink knows about Hogan's operations, but doesn't care because Hogan keeps saving him from the Russian front.
As long as neither Hogan nor any of the other prisoners actually attempt to escape, Klink is willing to turn a blind eye to just about anything because Hogan makes sure to bail him out of any trouble that would get him sent to the Russian front.
Hogan and his men discovered a temporal portal beneath the camp
Using this, they went back in time to pre-war Germany and built their camp-beneath-the-camp, then returned to their present time and exploited it fully, pulling off the miracles we saw.
Kinch escaped after being declared 4F and Baker was brought in to replace him.
It would explain Baker's Suspiciously Similar Substitute
for Kinch, and the Heroes are mentioned to bring in new men to replace other prisoners that are sent back to England, so nobody appears to escape.
It was apparently in Werner Klemperer's contract that Klink would never win. Based on Klink's "relationship" with her during the series, it is pretty obvious this would be a definite "lose" from his point of view and would thus satisfy the "never win" proviso without a suddenly dark outcome, like having him sentenced to life in prison
or even the Nuremberg gallows.
- He'd probably prefer Spandau Prison to being married to the erstwhile Fraulein Burkhalter and pushing a broom in the Shultz Spielwarenwerk. But the Allies at Nuremberg had bigger fish to fry...
Carter responded to teasing of his Sioux heritage with relative patience because he'd suffered much worse.
He's a card carrying member of the Sioux nation, but definitely does not look it. Odds are he was bullied relentlessly by other tribe members who were more obviously Sioux. No one likes a poser, and other Sioux would have seen Carter as just that.