The Sunflower: On The Possibilities And Limits Of Forgiveness
ISBN: 0805210601
EAN13: 9780805210606
Language: English
Pages: 289
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A Holocaust survivor's surprising and thought-provoking study of forgiveness, justice, compassion, and human responsibility, featuring contributions from the Dalai Lama, Harry Wu, Cynthia Ozick, Primo Levi, and 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 S. 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.

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I had not previously read this older book and was inspired by the format and message. The Nazi concentration camps and atrocities spring from the author's pen to life, and yet he paints the dying Nazi as a sympathetic figure. His question was, what would you have done? And the responses provoke profound introspection on forgiveness.
   Our Sunday School class is reading this as a biblical ...
Our Sunday school class reads this as a biblical study of forgiveness. This book should be read by everyone.
   great book-I have used this book with students and they ...
I have used this book with students and always say that they get so much insight into the holocaust.
   Very serious look at forgiveness
This book will make you think about forgiveness in ways you may never have before. I can 't imagine anyone reading this book and not having an impact on their thinking about forgiveness.
   Everyone should read this book!
Book is excellent. Details the horrors that Mr Wiesenthal and others experienced at the hands of the Nazis, as well as the indifference andor hatred of the local townspeople. To add this horror, you must be asked for forgiveness by a dying SS member! The question of forgiveness in this situation is then dealt with by various theologians.
   One of my Favorite Books
It is honestly one of my favorite books and I have given it to numerous friends over the years. The story is desperate, disparaging and gritty. What is forgiveness then? The second half is a collection of essays by influential people of all walks of life. Here there is no easy answer, as the concept of forgiveness becomes layered, discussing what part of the human psyche it should occupy and how our behaviors should follow suit. This book is an intense exercise on a commonly misunderstood topic forgiveness. It is likely to leave you different than you arrived. Highly recommended.
   Can ethics be situational?
The story is riveting. The discussion was fascinating. It helped me define my own ethical standards around this issue.
   Ask God for forgiveness, not a Jew that is facing death every day.
The wide range of people sharing their thoughts on whether Simon should have forgiven the SS soldier who died, included people from almost every faith. Simon was not the person in a position to grant forgiveness. And all the people who could have granted forgiveness were dead and thus unable to respond.
   Some people like this book, I didn't...
I read what I was bored with. I've always felt that the author is a very horrible, horrible first account of his experience with the Holocaust. I wish the author's writing had drawn me into his experience. But his writing is very dry... Boring... just facts. Though the story was cruel, it was written in a matter of fact, not emotional. There were also many essays in the book. Different faith answer a question asked by the author. I am not Catholic and many of the essays composed by people answering the authors'questions were Catholic and very repetitive. I didn 't read anything but I wanted to read. I am dreading picking up this book to read every night. Overall, I have respect for the author. But I do not like this book. I wish the book would be more engaging, emotional and more.
   love this book
i had to buy it for a class, but it has definitely changed my life. One of my favorite reads is because it is very eye-opening and inspiring.