The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

bySimon Wiesenthal

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2008

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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 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.
Title:The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of ForgivenessFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2008Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307560422

ISBN - 13:9780307560421

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book I read this book years ago and it was amazing, i plan on rereading it soon.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love This book opens your eyes into a world that we, as society, fear. It displays the darker side of humans, the side we like to pretend never happened and push aside. I read it for English 114 and instantly fell in love.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an astounding book This is a book that will make you think, reflect and appreciate life and the world we live in. Simon Wiesenthal gives no excuses for his decisions, but opens up the idea to others and asks them to place themselves in his shoes, offering them a chance to decide what it is they would do. Great thinkers from around the world, and from various philosophical stances, attempt to answer the question that no one can ever truly understand unless they were there. Take a chance and read it, and you can decide what it is you would do.
Date published: 2006-12-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An Okay Sunflower It was an okay book, id highly recommend DIary of Anne Frank' instead, this book is filled with a descent story which i feel is more based on strong biases (anti-Polish, Pro-German approach) towards one side and i feel does not present explanations to the reasons behind the actions that took place. You should do more research into eastern european history to be able to identify the holes in this story. i personally wouldn't recommend it but if you really really need something to read go and read another book
Date published: 2006-02-24