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 title refers to the Totenkopf or Death's Head symbol used by the SS during World War II depicting a skull and crossbones. It is distinguished from similar traditions of the skull and crossbones and the Jolly Roger by the positioning of the bones directly behind the skull. 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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