The Twilight Zone

Deaths-Head Revisited

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 11/10/61
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  • Episode Description
  • A former Nazi SS Captain returns to the ruins of a concentration camp to reminisce, and is met by one of his victims.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rod Serling

    Narrator/Host

  • Don Medford

  • Buck Houghton

  • Jack Swain

  • Ralph W. Nelson

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • flawed

    By noman, Aug 22, 2014

  • A Nazi captain gets what he deserves from the ghosts of his victims.

    By NoahGoucher, Jul 06, 2009

  • A man, who was once an SS Nazi Captain, goes back to the concentration camp that he once ruled. He wants to remember the good old times, in his opinion, unfortunately for him, the ghosts of the past are waiting for him.

    By davidneumark, Sep 04, 2008

  • Evil Never Forgoteen

    By sh811a, Dec 28, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: Mr. Schmidt, recently arrived in a small Bavarian village which lies eight miles northwest of Munich, a picturesque, delightful little spot onetime known for its scenery but more recently related to other events having to do with some of the less positive pursuits of man: human slaughter, torture, misery and anguish. Mr. Schmidt, as we will soon perceive, has a vested interest in the ruins of a concentration camp - for once, some seventeen years ago, his name was Gunther Lutze. He held the rank of a captain in the S.S. He was a black-uniformed strutting animal whose function in life was to give pain, and like his colleagues of the time he shared the one affliction most common amongst that breed known as Nazis: he walked the Earth without a heart. And now former S.S. Captain Lutze will revisit his old haunts, satisfied perhaps that all that is awaiting him in the ruins on the hill is an element of nostalgia. What he does not know, of course, is that a place like Dachau cannot exist only in Bavaria. By its nature, by its very nature, it must be one of the populated areas of the Twilight Zone.

    • Becker: Captain Lutze, ten million human beings were tortured to death in camps like this. Men, women, children, infants... tired old men. You burned them in furnaces, you shoveled them into the earth, you tore up their bodies in rage. And now you come back to your scenes of horror, and you wonder that the misery that you planted has lived after you?

    • Becker: They just heard you offer the apology for all the monsters of our times. "We did as we were told. We functioned as orders. We merely carried out directives from our superiors."

    • Becker: Captain Lutze, if you can still reason, if there's still any portion of your mind that can still function, take this thought with you. This is not hatred, this is retribution. This is not revenge, this is justice. But this is only the beginning, Captain. Only the beginning. Your final judgment will come from God.

    • Doctor: (looking around at the ruins of the camp) Dachau...why does it still stand? Why do we keep it standing?

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