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
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
SS Capt. Gunther Lutze (as Oscar Beregi)
Kaaren Verne ...
Innkeeper (as Karen Verne)
Robert Boon ...
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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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Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp. 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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This time the real horrors of totalitarianism.
10 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Twilight Zone presented many dictators and totalitarian states. The Chancellor in 'The Obsolete Man', the leader in 'Eye Of The Beholder', and, allegorically, even little Anthony in 'It's A Good Life', but this episode puts the fantasy and allegory aside to reflect on the real horror.

Dachau is the setting as the Nazi former SS Captain Lutze (Oscar Beregi) guilty of savage atrocities during WW2 returns and finds the ghosts of his victims. Lutze goes from gloating to being in denial and then asking forgiveness and the ghost of a victim , Becker (Joseph Schildkraut) says his crimes put him beyond forgiveness.

Much more frightening than any regular episode could be as the terrible events described were real. Still there's a genuinely atmospheric ghostliness of it's own about this. Two German characters, a female innkeeper and a doctor each ask why is Dachau still standing? The question is of course rhetorical as the lessons from a grisly chapter in history cannot be forgotten.


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