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Dear John Sack,

I finished reading An Eye for an Eye.  What "history" doesn't always tell us!  So very much remains underneath the surface.  Will we ever know it all? 

You have unearthed and documented, without challenge, an incredible story of revenge yet redemption.  

Professor Hobie Morris
Brookfield, N.Y.

Dear Professor Hobie Morris,

I'm always awed when I see that practically all my readers except for the critics understand that An Eye for an Eye is about redemption, not revenge, and I thank you for being another one.

John Sack

Dear John Sack,

I have taken the opportunity to read An Eye for an Eye.  I thank you for the courage to pursue the truth (regardless of where the truth takes you) and to hold up the hope that human beings, even those most brutally violated, can become part of the solution to life's problems.

As a high school principal, I am always looking for ways to empower young people to know that they always have choices in life, and that to "fight fire with fire" simply perpetuates the cycle of hatred, violence, and hopelessness.  

(Rev.) Michael S. Murray, OSFS
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dear Father Michael S. Murray,

Thank you for your note about An Eye For an Eye. I'm awed/amazed/ashamed that Catholics like you and Father Schroth, who reviewed it in the National Catholic Reporter, always understand it and Jews often don't. At the Passover seder here I was asked, "How could you as a Jew write it?" but the next day my Catholic doctor asked me, "How could you as a human being not write it?"

John Sack

Dear John Sack,

I recently read your book An Eye for an Eye.  One of your comments outraged me.  The offending comment was "I also had great sympathy for the SS men in Poland, who didn't have the antidote of the Torah or Talmud or, in their vicious environment, of the New Testament."  

You suffer from a liberal dementia if you sympathize for any reason with such serial killers and mass murderers as the SS.  As a Jewish militant, I deplore a Jewish liberal like you who fails to recognize that everyone is responsible for his own behavior no matter how vicious his environment.

I still hate the SS, who deserve no mercy whatsoever, and wish that every one of them had been hanged.

Conrad H. Wallace
Boston, Massachusetts

Dear Conrad Wallace,

No no, you don't understand. All of us are responsible for our actions. People who willfully chose to join the SS are responsible, accountable and blameworthy. The rule of law requires, and it should require, that they be punished for their monstrous crimes. Hanging them was too good for them. They should have been hanged again and again for eternity as a lesson to those who might be tempted to emulate them.

That said, can we have sympathy for a one-day-old baby boy? Can we have sympathy even if he was born in Germany in 1927? Can we have sympathy for him when, at age six, his olders and wisers give dictatorial powers to Hitler? And when, in his childhood, he's told that the mark of a man is to be in Hitler's SS? And when, having joined the SS, feeling sick at the sight of men being hanged at the SS camp, he's screamed at by sergeants who call him a baby, a sissy, a mother's boy, until he believes, like the people around him, that his conscience is something effeminate, something shameful? Can we even have some sympathy when, at Auschwitz, he is so repulsed by his duties that he has to drink himself into a stupor to perform them, on the theory, now beaten into his brains, that he is rising with difficulty to something nobler?

I think we can have some sympathy for him even as we hang him. I know I can, and I hope you can, for Maimonides said that a person who can't may not be a Jew at all.

John Sack

Dear John Sack,

I went to work yesterday (I work at a Barnes & Noble) and found An Eye for an Eye.  I bought it and was up half the night reading it.  

It is quite simply a shattering experience.  It's one of those books that make you want to go out, grab someone, and tell him about it--and when you're done you grab another person and on and on.  The sort of book you want to make a pest of yourself about.  

You have returned humanity to history.  Bravo!  

Stephen Kopian
Glen Head, New York

Dear Stephen Kopian,

Wow! Thank you for that letter! My first thought was, gee, why doesn't someone say this in The New York Times? For that matter, why doesn't anyone say anything in The New York Times?

John Sack

Dear John Sack,

I have read your remarkable book An Eye for an Eye, and I want to congratulate you on your courage and honesty.  People like you can contribute greatly to true reconciliation between the nations, as such a reconciliation can only be based upon the principle of truth.  

P.S. You do not REALLY believe in the gas chambers, do you?

Jürgen Graf
Basel, Switzerland

Dear Jürgen Graf,

I do indeed believe in the gas chambers at Auschwitz. I've read the theory that the gas chambers were just an unfounded rumor. But one's own children aren't a rumor, and tens of thousands of Jews assure us (and photographs show us) that children were there when the Jews got to Auschwitz and weren't there the next day. Where did the children go?

I keep asking that of the Holocaust revisionists, and the only answer I've gotten so far is "Good question." 

John Sack

Dear John Sack,

I read your book An Eye for an Eye.  God bless you!  We have Jews and Germans in our family, and though more than fifty years have passed since the end of World War II, the Germans are still having their evil history thrust in their faces virtually every week. One recent book, Hitler's Willing Executioners, condemns all Germans for the Nazi Holocaust.

Ross Yerkes
Los Angeles, California

Dear Ross Yerkes,

I agree with you about Hitler’s Willing Executioners. Dr. Alfred de Zayas of the U.N. Committee on Human Rights calls it hate literature, and I agree with him, too.

John Sack

Dear John Sack,

I recently read your book An Eye for an Eye.  You documented everything so methodically that it becomes plausible, though shocking. 

In your next edition, perhaps you could go through the book for instances where the word "who" is substituted for "whom."  This occurs a number of times, and it is jarring. 

Helen Gordon
Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Dear Helen Gordon,

Help! What should I do? Some readers, like you, are jarred by who, and some readers, like me, would be jarred by whom. "Whom are you going to the party with?"  Ugh!  "Whom do you love, I hope? I hope, I hope, I hope it’s me." Ugh!

John Sack

Mr. Sack!

I finished your book An Eye for an Eye.  You care and have pitty and are sory for the Germans.  They are all gilty.

You are a gridy mony hungry son of a bich.  You write book for one reason only to make mony.  Why don't go get a job do oness work for a living.  You should burn in hell.  If I would be younger or knew were you are I would spit in you face or blow you brans out.  You bastard. 

Unsigned
Palatine, Illinois

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