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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness - Simon Wiesenthal
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
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While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the SS. Haunted by the crimes in which he had participated, the soldier wanted to confess to--and obtain absolution from--a Jew. Faced with the choice between... show more
While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the SS. Haunted by the crimes in which he had participated, the soldier wanted to confess to--and obtain absolution from--a Jew. Faced with the choice between compassion and justice, silence and truth, Wiesenthal said nothing.  But even years after the way had ended, he wondered: Had he done the right thing? What would you have done in his place?In this important book, fifty-three distinguished men and women respond to Wiesenthal's questions. They are theologians, political leaders, writers, jurists, psychiatrists, human rights activists, Holocaust survivors, and victims of attempted genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, China and Tibet. Their responses, as varied as their experiences of the world, remind us that Wiesenthal's questions are not limited to events of the past.  Often surprising and always thought provoking, The Sunflower will challenge you to define your beliefs about justice, compassion, and human responsibility.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780805210606 (0805210601)
Publisher: Schocken Books (NY)
Pages no: 303
Edition language: English
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Odd and Bookish
Odd and Bookish rated it
I read this book for one of my philosophy classes. This book poses a very interesting ethical dilemma: As a prisoner in a concentration camp, do you forgive a dying SS solider? This book offers numerous responses to this question. Some were a bit repetitive. Some didn't really answer the question ...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 This book should be the focus of a discussion for every high school student before graduation.
“The Sunflower” was republished in 1998, after fifty years. In this edition, there are many more respondents to the question that Simon Wiesenthal poses at the end of his story about the sunflower and the dying SS officer, Karl Seidl. It is very thought provoking. The audiobook has two readers who d...
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