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The Shadow of the Past


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.



Air Dates

  • First Run - February 14, 1975
  • Repeat - May 3, 1975





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11 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.

Roger Huggett Jr.

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!!


A good moral play and a good listen. A longer episode could've been more in depth, but for the time given it was a good episode.


moral of the story is he should have turned meyer into cops as war criminal. I do understand his need to kill the man who killed his family and friends. I myself would have done the same and lied to the cop and be able to live with myself.


A must listen! of my favorites!

Tina Garten

An excellent episode but it amazed me to what extent the Holocaust experience was almost glossed over. This was just before TV and film started portraying that tragedy more vividly to Americans. You could sense how the writer wouldn't go to certain places in 1975. EG's comments at the end sound trite and pithy from our modern perspective when you think about the two characters and histories involved.


Dr. Benno Koenig, a friend of the poor, treats a slum rent collector suffering from an eye injury, then recognizes the man, Karlheinz Meier, as the commander of the Nazi concentration camp in which he was confined. Fearing Koenig will seek revenge for his treatment in the camp, Meier threatens to expose the fact that Koenig is in the United States illegally. In a rage, Koenig stabs him, then maintains the murder was justified—until a young punk is arrested for it.


Courage is the result of walking through fear to do what one knows is right in God’s sight. I enjoy Silvas round full expressive voice. When Silvas character turns that corner and comes clean, past the fear, regaining his manhood (his integrity, if you prefer), you can hear it in Silvas voice as clear as a bell. Wonderful. What becomes of him? All I know is that he has started down the courageous road, by God’s grace. What a good story!


Howard DaSilva sounds just like Fred Gwynne. I always get them confused. Great actors….both of them.


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