This novella tells the story of a Jew murdered by (Swiss) Nazi sympathisers in a Swiss town in 1942. The style is deceptively simple, the profundity immense. It explores both the psychology and sociology of anti-semitism, and the attraction of (extreme) right-wing ideologies to those who are bitter about their lot in life is revealed with a clarity unparalleled anywhere else. That one's neighbour, given certain historical circumstances, can be one's killer, is a chilling phenomenon evidenced not only in the Nazi epoch, but also in the Spanish Civil War, Bosnia and Rwanda, to name but a few examples. As Erich Fromm pointed out, there as a potential Himmler in every office. That this is the case, and that there are many people prepared to turn into killers given the opportunity is revealed here with stark simplicity. This novella is thus also a deeply-felt, anguished lament at the depths of evil to which humanity has sunk in our troubled times. It's a unique book, and as a previous reviewer has commented, you'll pick it up and finish it in a single sitting. Although you'll ponder it for much longer.