most fans agree that " time enough at last " is the best twilight zone episodes of all time.
" death-head revisited " to me of the second best of all time.
this topic remind of something difference in ww2, not statues to remove the past, like slavery. but something important why need the south and other parts of usa to keep the statues up.
think about this dealing with topic, something to remind of us about our past.
this last few minutes of end of the episode:
Lutze is found and taken to a mental institution, since he continues to experience and react to his illusionary sufferings. His finders wonder how a man who was perfectly calm two hours before could have gone insane. The doctor looks around and asks, "Dachau. Why does it still stand? Why do we keep it standing?"
this haunting closing narration at the end, that rod serling wrote and spoke. is something, we need thing about, even today.
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.
I see where you're coming from.
However, keeping the camps standing is not the same as a statue.
For a start, a statue is not the actual person, it is a stylised version of the person. It stands on a plinth for a reason... so we can look up to it. There is a psychology to that. They are intended to be looked up to and revered... as we would look heavenwards towards where we believe God to be.
Statues usually present the figure in either a state of grandeur or as a warrior astride a horse, sword held aloft. Again,a figure to be looked up to. It is meant to inspire awe. "Wow, what a great soldier he must have been."
It's called "Hoof Position Symbolism". In the US and UK, if the horse is rearing (both front legs in the air), the rider died in battle; one front leg up means the rider was wounded in battle; and if all four hooves are on the ground, the rider died outside battle.
But this is open to manipulation. For example, Richard the Lionheart's statue in London shows the rider mounted, but in truth, he died in bed, 11 days after being wounded by a crossbow bolt during a siege. The statue tells a lie.
There are at least nine instances where the rule does not hold for Gettysburg equestrian statues. One such statue was erected in 1998 in Gettysburg National Military Park, of James Longstreet, who is featured on his horse with one foot raised, even though Longstreet was not wounded in that battle.
This is all part of the fallacy that statues represent history. They don't. They represent whatever the person sculpting it (usually on behalf of somebody else) wants it to say.
Getting on to the death camps.
These are not memorials erected by humans to glorify individuals. These are historical sites where dreadful deeds took place. When one visits them, they are seeing the actual place where those deeds happened. They have not been erected after the event, they have been left standing as memorials to man's inhumanity to man, not to glorify an individual.
They have been left standing as a sobering warning to future generations not to repeat the mistakes of history and allow such people who did these things, to ever rise again.
When it comes to statues and genuine historic sites, I think we need to draw such distinctions.