A powerful, first-hand account. A plea for mercy comes from a dying Nazi officer. His final request: Absolution for his sins from a Jewish man imprisoned by the evil system that the dying man served. The dilemma: How can Mr. Weisenthal, while compassionate and honest, offer forgiveness for crimes committed to dead Jewish persons? A dilemma for the victim who still has human kindness in the face of atrocities committed against his people. This is a soul-searching quest, with the question still lingering: Can these crimes possibly be forgiven at all, and, should Simon have given a dying man his last request that will let him die in peace? The question is posed to many noted persons of our time, some religious, some Holocaust survivors themselves, others have survived brutality at the hands of other regimes.Powerful, truthful, and a challenge for us all. This is truly one of the most important books of the twentieth century. Simon Weisenthal gives us much food for thought, a true struggle.