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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 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.

About the Author

Simon Wiesenthal was born in 1908 in Buczacz, Galicia, at that time a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was incarcerated between 1941 and 1945 in Buchenwald and Mauthausen and other concentration camps. In 1946, together with 30 other survivors, he founded the Jewish Historical Documentation Center, which was instrumental in the identification of over 1,100 Nazi war criminals. He has been honored by the governments of Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, and the United States. Wiesenthal is the author of many books, including The Murderers Among Us, Justice Not Vengeance, Sails of Hope, and Every Day Remembrance Day. Wiesenthal lives in Austria.

Among the contributors:

Sven Alkalaj, Bosnian Ambassador to the U.S., Moshe Bejski, retired justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, Robert McAfee Brown, leading Protestant theologian, Robert Coles, Harvard professor of social ethics and author, The Dalai Lama, Eugene Fisher, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Matthew Fox, author and leading Episcopalian theologian, Yossi Klein Halevi, Israeli journalist and son of a Holocaust survivor, Arthur Hertzberg, rabbi and author, Theodore Hesburgh, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, Hans Konig, Cardinal of Vienna, Harold Kushner, rabbi and best-selling author, Primo Levi, Italian Holocaust survivor and author, Cynthia Ozick, novelist and essayist, Dennis Prager, author and conservative radio commentator, Dith Pran, photographer and subject of the film "The Killing Fields" about the Cambodian genocide, Albert Speer, German Nazi war criminal and author, Tzvetan Todorov, French literary critic, Harry Wu, Chinese human rights activist.

Table of Contents

The sunflower — The symposium. Sven Alkalaj ; Jean Améry ; Smail Balić ; Moshe Bejski ; Alan L. Berger ; Robert McAfee Brown ; Harry James Cargas ; Robert Coles ; The Dalai Lama ; Eugene J. Fisher ; Edward H. Flannery ; Eva Fleischner ; Rebecca Goldstein ; Mary Gordon ; Mark Goulden ; Hans Habe ; Yossi Klein Halevi ; Arthur Hertzberg ; Theodore M. Hesburgh ; Abraham Joshua Heschel ; Susannah Heschel ; José Hobday ; Christopher Hollis ; Rodger Kamentz ; Cardinal Franz König ; Harold S. Kushner ; Lawrence L. Langer ; Primo Levi ; Deborah E. Lipstadt ; Franklin H. Littell ; Hubert G. Locke ; Erich H. Loewy ; Herbert Marcuse ; Martin E. Marty ; Cynthia Ozick ; John T. Pawlikowski ; Dennis Prager ; Dith Pran ; Terence Prittie ; Matthieu Ricard ; Joshua Rubenstein ; Sidney Shachnow ; Dorothee Soelle ; Albert Speer ; André Stein ; Nechama Tec ; Joseph Telushkin ; Tzvetan Todorov ; Desmond Tutu ; Arthur Waskow ; Harry Wu.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307560421
Subtitle:
On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
Publisher:
Schocken Books
Creator:
Simon Wiesenthal
Author:
Wiesenthal, Simon
Author:
Cargas, Harry J.
Author:
Simon Wiesenthal
Author:
Fetterman, Bonny V.
Author:
Harry J. Cargas
Subject:
Religion : Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General
Subject:
Philosophy : Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Personal narratives, jewish
Subject:
Forgiveness
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
General
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Genocide
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Judaism-Holocaust
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
World History-Holocaust
Subject:
Religion : General
Subject:
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19980407
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
271

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Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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