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Title:
The Shadow of the Past
Plot:
A doctor and his wife escape the clutches of the Nazi death camps and illegitimately migrate to the US. Later, the doctor recognizes one of the camp guards among his patients and kills him to exact his revenge. But he must cover up the act as an intelligent investigator probes the case.
Episode:
0223
Air Dates:
First Run - February 14, 1975
Repeat - May 3, 1975
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4 Responses to Episode 0223


Wonderfull story of the fight between situational ethics and trusting that shades of grey are only an illusion. Without putting it in so many words, the main characters question is whether right and wrong trump the apparent negative practical impact of honesty.

One of my favorite tales of old time radio time travel!

An immigrant doctor in a rough part of the city devotes his life to serving the underprivileged and poor until a bill collector arrives at his office after being bowled over by one of the local kids. Upon examination the doctor realizes that his patient was a Nazi commandant at the concentration camp he and his wife managed to survive. The soldier has fled Germany and assumed a new identity, as had the doctor, in America. Despite the doctor’s gentle nature and the many years that have passed, he flies into a rage and murders the Nazi. In the ensuing investigation he must face questions of ethics and morality. This is another excellent episode with strong writing, fantastic characterization, and subject matter that is rich and compelling

This was a very strong and powerful episode. Brilliant writing and a wonderful moral debate; however, in the end, G*D will have the final answer!!

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