Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 9

Deaths-Head Revisited (10 Nov. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" Deaths-Head Revisited (original title)

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A former German SS captain returns to Dachau concentration camp and begins reminiscing on the power he enjoyed there, until he finds himself on trial by those who died at his hands.

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Alfred Becker
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SS Capt. Gunther Lutze (as Oscar Beregi)
Kaaren Verne ...
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Gunther Lutze, a former captain in Hitler's SS, decides to return to the area that contains the remnants of Dachau concentration camp. As he revels in the memories of the days when he had tortured prisoners, prisoner Alfred Becker appears before his eyes. What he does not realize is Becker is an ghostly apparition, and plans to put Lutze on "trial" for crimes against humanity for the torture and killing of the prisoners that were held in the camp. It is one trial Lutze may regret. Written by Pat McCurry

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Notably, the ending narration includes the words "the Twilight Zone" in the middle rather than at the end. See more »

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This episode was set in 1962, 17 years after the end of the war and Dachau is shown as abandoned. However, after the war it remained open, first as a prison and then as a refugee camp until the mid-1960s. See more »

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[first lines]
Innkeeper: Yes, sir?
SS Captain Gunther Lutze: I've just arrived in town. Do you have accommodations here?
Innkeeper: I can give you a lovely front room overlooking the square. Would you care to see it?
SS Captain Gunther Lutze: I'm sure it will be satisfactory.
[signs in; the innkeeper looks at his face with a frightened look, he looks up]
SS Captain Gunther Lutze: Yes? Anything wrong?
Innkeeper: No, sir.
[looks at what Lutze signed]
Innkeeper: Mr. Schmidt.
[...]
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Ahead of Its Time
24 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If there's a criticism of this episode, it's that it doesn't cover much new ground. It allows us to see a horrible man put to the test for his crimes. The acting is quite excellent, especially the prisoner who confronts the evil former SS Man. Given a bit of revision, the script could have actually put him on trial, expanded the issue, allowed him to speak more. There is nothing here that shouldn't be said. There is nothing here that is not despicable. Yet, it takes the ball so out of the evil man's court, that there is no suspense to speak of. Still, it is cleansing at times because this man doesn't represent a thousandth of pain his kind inflicted.


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