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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

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In the first hundred pages of The Sunflower, Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal recounts his encounter with a dying German soldier who asked to speak with "a Jew" in order to seek forgiveness. Wiesenthal then invites everyone into the discussion, throwing open his personal experience for judgment in a series of short essays offered by philosophers, theologians, scholars, and religious leaders who offer their thoughts on what Wiesenthal should or could have done. More than a memoir, this is a deep exploration of the very idea of forgiveness. I read it over a decade ago, and it's still with me.
Recommended by Benjamin H., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 war 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.

Synopsis:

A group of philosophers, critics, and writers weigh the moral issues involved in a young Jews' response to a dying Nazi's confession of mass murder.

Synopsis:

Robert Coles, The Dalai Lama, Matthew Fox, Mary Gordon, Harold S. Kushner, Albert Speer, Desmond Tutu, and 47 others respond to Wiesenthal's famous question: "Can evil be forgiven?"

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805210606
Editor:
Fetterman, Bonny V.
Editor:
Fetterman, Bonny V.
Editor:
Cargas, Harry James
Author:
Wiesenthal, Simon
Author:
Fetterman, Bonny V.
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Forgiveness
Subject:
Genocide
Subject:
Personal narratives, jewish
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
holocaust;forgiveness;philosophy;religion;memoir;non-fiction;wwii;history;genocide;essays;ethics;spirituality;judaism;concentration camps;jews;anthology;biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.02x5.24x.65 in. .64 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

In the first hundred pages of The Sunflower, Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal recounts his encounter with a dying German soldier who asked to speak with "a Jew" in order to seek forgiveness. Wiesenthal then invites everyone into the discussion, throwing open his personal experience for judgment in a series of short essays offered by philosophers, theologians, scholars, and religious leaders who offer their thoughts on what Wiesenthal should or could have done. More than a memoir, this is a deep exploration of the very idea of forgiveness. I read it over a decade ago, and it's still with me.

"Synopsis" by , A group of philosophers, critics, and writers weigh the moral issues involved in a young Jews' response to a dying Nazi's confession of mass murder.
"Synopsis" by , Robert Coles, The Dalai Lama, Matthew Fox, Mary Gordon, Harold S. Kushner, Albert Speer, Desmond Tutu, and 47 others respond to Wiesenthal's famous question: "Can evil be forgiven?"
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