‘Hunters’ Season 2, Episode 7: Recap & Ending, Explained: Who Were The Ghosts Living Inside The Hansoms’ House?

Hitler was captured by Jonah in the episode’s climactic sequence, but Chava had to sacrifice her life to make this happen, leaving Jonah the last surviving member of his family. In episode 7 of “Hunters” Season 2, we witness him leaving Hitler’s mansion, holding the greatest evil of all time captive. Hitler went on to warn that when his troops found Jonah, they would bury him in the desert, turning him into a ghost. Regarding ghosts. Jonah could recall a story about the ghosts of 1942 war-ravaged Germany. The ghosts he was referring to were the downtrodden Jews who hid in various places to protect themselves from Nazis.

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Who Were The Ghosts Living Inside The Hansoms’ House?

Heinrich Hansom, the retired architect of the Reich, lived with his wife in a lavish house in 1942 Germany. The couple was quirky but charming. Helga, Heinrich’s wife, would sing and cook while Heinrich talked to himself, giving the impression that they were living in the house with the ghosts. Three Nazi officers raided their home one day after hearing rumors that Heinrich had been hiding Jews there. When the Gestapo Ernst, Hugo, and Matthias entered their home, they gave off a less threatening impression than the Nazis outside. Hugo had a soft spot and wouldn’t so much as kill a snail, but the effects of hate, envy, and war had turned him into a Nazi who hunted Jews. Heinrich and Helga acknowledged that they did shelter a few people in their house, but they weren’t actual people but ghosts. Hugo stayed with Heinrich and Helga to watch over them while Ernst and Matthias searched their rooms to find any trace of Jews in hiding. Hugo explained to them that he had always desired to be an architect like Heinrich Hansom, but his family had never valued his aspirations, so he had instead joined the SS.

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Hearing the officer’s name was Hugo, Heinrich was reminded of his son with the same name. He had built him a crib when Hugo was a little kid, but he climbed up it one night, and the crib couldn’t take the weight of the child as it wasn’t sturdy enough. The crib broke, and Hugo fell down, breaking his neck. Hugo’s crib thus became his coffin. Officer Hugo was saddened by the couple’s tragic loss. Matthias, on the other hand, went to the restroom and discovered a hidden doorway. He crept into the room and noticed a small boy staring at him. He dashed towards him, but he fell into a trap and was crushed beneath a large stone. Ernst, meanwhile, discovered a hiding spot in the ceiling. He climbed up, fell into the trap, and hung himself. He discovered the Jews in front of him, but he couldn’t shoot them because a sharp metal blade ripped into his stomach, extracting all his guts out. Hugo could hear the scream and gunshot, and he became suspicious that something had happened to Ernst and Matthias. But he was devious. As an architecture enthusiast, he recognized that the house appeared larger than it actually was. He examined the thicker walls, realizing that this couple could have hidden the Jews underground or behind the walls. He questioned Heinrich as to why he was harboring Jews inside the house and betraying Hitler and the Nazis. Hugo didn’t buy Heinrich’s denials that he didn’t and that they were merely ghosts in the house.

He understood that Heinrich had always constructed structures for the Fuhrer, including boats, buildings, and other items, but had he seen how his works were used to cause human suffering and bloodshed, he might have had second thoughts and decided to act in the best interests of the Jews by aiding them. Hugo raised his revolver and tried to shoot them, but he lacked the necessary killing instinct. A young Jewish guy was hiding behind a wall with a baby while waiting for the Gestapo to leave; nevertheless, as the baby cried, Hugo became certain that someone was hiding behind the wall. He fired, and by the hole, he discovered a Jewish boy who was staring at him. But Helga slashed his ear and stabbed his head with a meat cleaver before he could react. They removed the officers’ bodies from their homes, and we can now see the bigger picture. The Jews had been hidden inside this couple’s home. Some were underground, while others were on the roof. A large green canopy covered the roof, concealing the hiding places for Jews. That’s why their house appeared bigger than it was on the inside. Heinrich used to tell jokes not to himself but to Zev, the young Jewish boy, and his family, who were hiding in their house. Helga joined Zev’s mothers and aunts in singing the songs. However, after those SS officers went missing, three more officers arrived, one of whom was a Nazi officer named Tomas, who, like Hugo, stopped walking when he saw a snail on his way, but unlike Hugo, he separated his body from its shell, implying that he was an unempathetic monster. While the other two were unable to locate anyone in this house, Tomas shot the couple to death. The other two officers were taken aback by the killing and asked Tomas why he did it, to which he replied that he loved this house and wanted to settle down, which is why he killed the owners. The couple’s death broke Zev’s heart and made him worry about how they would survive in this house. Tomas, his wife, and their child arrived at the house to settle down. As they began to live there, the Jews were unable to obtain food or water, rendering them helpless. So they devised a plan, and Zev crept inside the house in the middle of the night, where he encountered Tomas’ son Friedrich, whom he kidnapped and took inside their chamber. As Tomas and his wife searched for their son, they went outside the house near the pond, where Zev’s parents attacked and beat them to death from behind. They disposed of the bodies in the pond and returned to the house.

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As they gained entrance to the house, they were able to leave the hole, but they were afraid that sooner or later, the Nazis would return to look into where the officers had disappeared. Zev’s mother came up with a scheme and dyed her hair blonde to resemble Tomas’ wife. She called the Nazis and asked them to visit them. The Gestapos arrived and one of them entered the house. Zev’s mother instructed him to look for Tomas, but the perverted Nazi officer gave her a proposal, claiming that since his wife had passed away, he wanted to have a relationship with her. Friedrich, who had not yet been killed by the Jews, escaped their control and launched an attack on Zev’s mother. The Gestapo shot the young woman to death after realizing that she was Jewish. But before the officer could take any further action, Zev attacked and killed him. The Jews slaughtered all the remaining officers who had arrived at the residence. Zev didn’t want to leave his family, but his father persuaded him to leave with the tiny infant in his grasp, who might be his sibling. When the house accidentally caught fire, Zev and the other kids fled, but the tragedy resulted in the deaths of his family along with the Nazi officers. In terror and misery, Zev murmured to himself that he thought they were indeed ghosts and that this was a ghost story. Jonah told Hitler the entire story as he approached a nearby pond, where a boat had arrived to pick him up. Zev emerged from the boat to assist Jonah in capturing Hitler inside the boat’s chamber. Zev faced Hitler for the first time, and he told him that since Hitler turned these Jews into ghosts, they had learned how to be invisible and deadly. Hitler couldn’t say anything and was at this point relying on his wife and men to send help to rescue him.

Ghosts are notorious for haunting humans, but they do not exist. Humans are haunted by their own guilt, foreboding past, and evil deeds. The spirits have left the bodies, and after death, they no longer serve any purpose for humans. The Jews had been blameless but the Nazi ideology of anti-semetism and hatred for humanity didn’t let them live. In an effort to exterminate minorities, the Nazis began to kill the Jews. Even though the Nazi party’s hatred of Jews didn’t have a particular cause, the Holocaust was orchestrated, and more than 6 million people died at the hands of the Nazis. Alongside those who died, the survivors had also become ghosts hiding from the Nazi officers’ grasp. They roamed around their homelands like spirits, devoid of human rights, remaining invisible to protect their necks. The seventh episode of “Hunters” Season 2 depicts this situation in a war-torn Germany, where there was humanity in a handful, and the rest were monsters engaged in demonizing the Jews.

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Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda hails from a medical background, yet her journey is to cross the boundaries of medicine and survive in the cinematic world. The surrealistic beauty of cinema and art has attracted her from a very young age. She loves to write poems, songs, and stories, but her dream is to write films someday. She has also worked as a painter, but nothing attracts her more than cinema. Through her writings, she wants to explore the world of cinema more and more and take her readers on the same ride.

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