The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 9

Deaths-Head Revisited

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 1961 on CBS
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A former Nazi SS Captain returns to the ruins of a concentration camp to reminisce, and is met by one of his victims.

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  • flawed

    Sorry no KZ ever looked like this
  • A Nazi captain gets what he deserves from the ghosts of his victims.

    This is maybe my favorite. Evil is almost always punished in the Twilight Zone, and this episode proves it. Never boring, I greatly enjoyed a Nazi's descent into madness. The caretaker is calm and smooth when needed, but his voice can become even more threatening than even Talky Tina, and we find we enjoy it. Especially wonderful is the closing narration. Rod Serling writes this story with such an obvious passion, fueling the hatred of hate until the last of the stars fade and the marathon continues. Every single line is treated like Shakespeare, written and delivered with such greatness that it's a ghastly shame this episode never won an Emmy.moreless
  • 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.moreless

    Definately one of the top 10 BEST episodes of Twilight Zone. This is so well done and well written. It actually was written by Rod Serling himself: No wonder its so good! It tells the story of a Captain Lutzer, who is a SS nazi, who has vanished for many years and wants to come home, so to speak. He misses the good old days of himself terrorizing hundreds of people. He arrives at the camp but sees an old acquaintance of his days at the camp. You eventually find out that the person is a ghost of the past and was killed by the Captain on the last day before the Americans arrived at the camp. What happens during these few minutes between the ghost and Captain Lutzer is fantastic and the ending is great. Justice is given. What makes this truly great is the dialogue and the fantastic words that the ghost, who was once a person doomed to die at the camp, says near the end. The words are so haunting and are truly something to be remembered as long as there are people in the world. Even the final words by Serling is so true and so important to be said. A GREAT EPISODE.moreless

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    • (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?

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: There is an answer to the doctor's question. All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes - all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk God's Earth.

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