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
The story line states that the Nazis killed 10 million "people" in its war of terror, which is even more accurate than the number that people use today. Currently, most people use an erroneous number; and focus, incorrectly mind you, on the 6 million Jews but neglect the total number of lives taken. The chief number of forgotten people included political prisoners, homosexuals, Gypsy's, anyone who had a "less than "ideal" physical specimen (interestingly enough, Hitler himself was physically FAR outside his own perfection.) At any rate, the total amount in human lives was 13 million, not just the 6 million Jews. Incidentally, Josef Stalin outdid his German rival by a significant number; Stalin was responsible for the deaths of over *20* MILLION people, many of these were what he considered to be "friends." (See "The Mirror" Season 3 Episode 6 for an idea on how this works) 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 »
Oscar Beregi plays former S.S. Captain Gunther Lutze, escaped Nazi who returns to the "glories" of his tyrannical reign as commander of the infamous concentration camp Dachau, where he is confronted by a man he tormented and thought killed named Becker(played by Joseph Schildkraut) who taunts his former tormentor with promises of long overdue trial and punishment, which had sadly evaded him in the real world. Lutze is disbelieving of this, but when put on trial then punished with feeling all the pain and misery he inflicted on the prisoners, comes to know otherwise... Powerful episode about punishing evil has two fine lead performances, stark direction, and searing script by Rod Serling that packs a wallop.
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