How can I speak of any moral or ethical issues in the position of Simon Wiesenthal. I can not start to imagine the horrible atrocities he experienced during the holocaust. I can not even imagine my reaction if someone were to threaten me with what he was threatened with, between being gassed, burned alive, starved to death, beaten to death, or shot on the spot. I was raised in a sheltered culture where the worst consequence for my actions was to be sent to my room for 30 minutes. So who am I to give ANY criticism to how Simon Wiesnthal chose to react to Karl’s deathbed wishes? The only thing I can do is comment on Karl’s atrocities and what punishment I think he deserves. Lets get brutal.
To start, Karl harassed Jews with his friends all the time as a child. He grew up committing hate crimes, which is a symptom of a complete psychopath. He never felt any remorse for his childhood atrocities and as he grew older he graduated into worse and worse crimes until he actually volunteered for the SS. He was not pulled or tricked into any of his actions. He wanted to commit these crimes because it was what he did for fun growing up. What did you do for fun growing up? I played baseball. I have lots of friends that played video games incessantly. You know what Karl and his buddies did? Harass Jews. If someone offered you money to do your favorite childhood activity wouldn’t you take the offer? Karl loved what he was doing! He loved burning/shooting/beating/bombing hundreds of innocent men, women, children, and elderly. He gave no mercy to the people who solely needed mercy. Karl justifies his killings and crimes by claiming the Jews were non-humans. He still views them as toys he can use for his own personal gain. And now, as he lies on his death bed, he expects forgiveness from some random Jew. The mere fact that Karl asks for a random Jew shows how he still views Jews as pawns he can utilize for his own gain. Karl is a psychopath. A psychopath who completely deserves to be terrified of what will happen to him after death. Karl deserves the same compassion in death that he showed in life. Which is none.