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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Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Becker
SS Capt. Gunther Lutze (as Oscar Beregi)
Innkeeper (as Karen Verne)
Robert Boon ...
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Ben Wright ...


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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Release Date:

10 November 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Notably, the ending narration includes the words "the Twilight Zone" in the middle rather than at the end. See more »


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 »


[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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Best Tzone Episode of All !
3 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The idea of "retribution through the mechanism of God's Creation" was glimpsed by this excellent episode. If only all the evil do'Er's knew that in reality this is indeed their fate, the world would be a different place. You cant run, you cant hide, God's justice will be meted out whether you want it to or not. Serling is a genius for not pushing the content beyond the simplistic. If Rod would have increased the length of this episode to 1 hour, it would not have worked as well. It would have been as if he needed a certain length to satisfy the producer.

Thanks Rod, I love you for putting this out there.

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