"Night and Fog"
L&O, Episode 3.13
Production number: 68018
First aired: 3 February 1993
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Stone Night & Fog
Written By
René Balcer & Michael S. Chernuchin

Directed By
Ed Sherin


A Jew who worked with the Nazis during World War II is accused of killing his wife, a Holocaust survivor.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


  • World War II
  • The Holocaust


My father was a G.I. in World War II. First regiment into Büchenwald. He never forgot how he felt when he saw those people. He wasn't religious, but he said after that day he believed in the devil. This stuff never went away, Mike.

–Lennie Briscoe

Ben, you are walking through history. God help us if you fall down.

–Judge Rebecca Stein

She wasn't protecting her father. She was protecting her son.

–Benjamin Stone

Background information and notes

  • This episode is based on the John Demjanjuk (a.k.a. "Ivan the Terrible") case. John Demjanjuk (born Ivan Mykolaiovych Demianiuk) was a retired Ukrainian-American auto worker, a former soldier in the Soviet Red Army, and a POW during World War II. John Demjanjuk was accused of being Ivan the Terrible, the nickname given to a notorious guard Ivan Marchenko, at the Treblinka extermination camp during the Holocaust. In 2011, he was accused of war crimes as a different guard named Ivan Demjanjuk, who served at the Sobibor extermination camp. Already in 1944, a cruel guard named "Ivan", sharing the distinct duties and the extremely violent behavior with a guard named "Nicholas", is mentioned in survivor literature (Rok w Treblince by Jankiel Wiernik, translated into English as A Year in Treblinka in 1945); however, very little is known about Ivan Marchenko. (Source: John Demjanjuk at Wikipedia)
  • With a storyline about a Nazi collaborator, the episode title "Night and Fog" may be taken from Alain Resnais' famed 1955 documentary about the Nazi concentration camps. "Nacht und Nebel" (German for "Night and Fog") was also a directive of Adolf Hitler resulting in kidnapping and disappearance of many political activists and resistance 'helpers' throughout Nazi Germany's occupied territories. It was a specific punishment for opponents of the Nazis in occupied countries and intended to intimidate local populations into submission by denying families and friends of "les disparus" all knowledge of what had happened to them.
  • Actor Eric Bogosian appears as Gary Lowenthal in this episode. Many years later, Bogosian would become a regular cast member on Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Captain Danny Ross.
  • In this episode we learn that Detective Lennie Briscoe's father was a G.I. in World War II, and belonged to the first Allied regiment that went into the Büchenwald concentration camp.
  • Benjamin Stone briefly mentions his daughter in this episode.

Episode scene cards

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Apartment of
Mara Feder
60 West 81st Street
Wednesday, December 2

Chambers of
Judge Rebecca Stein
Thursday, December 10

New York City
Public Library
Foreign Periodicals
Tuesday, December 15

4 5 6 7

Center for
Holocaust Studies
1104 Madison Avenue
Friday, December 18

Department of
Broadway & North
Monday, January 18

Supreme Court
Civil Term
Thursday, February 4

Supreme Court
Trial Part 48
Tuesday, March 16

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