The Television Set

Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.

The Germans had captured Uncle Abel in Tunisia in late 1942. He was taken to Stalag VII-A. Uncle Abel was vague about the details related to his apprehension, leading us to suspect that he’d been goofing off or not paying attention and inadvertently wandered into Nazi territory.

In the 1970s, Abel watched a lot of television at my grandmother’s house. During of Hogan’s Heroes, he would point at the screen at say things like, “They didn’t get that part right” or “That’s not what it was like.”

My Grandmother later explained that Abel, until the day he died, had no idea the show was a comedy.

That doesn’t explain how he got captured, but it partially explains why.

2 thoughts on “The Television Set

  1. Had a friend growing up whose Grandmother, who was German,would get livid if we watched Hogans Heroes because “GERMANS ARE NOT STUPID!!”


  2. My grandfather had a very similar opinion of Hogan’s Heroes. He felt the show was disrespectful to POWs and made a farce of war. I wonder if it would ever be remotely possible to pitch a show like that now.


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