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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

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Based on his experiences as a concentration camp prisoner brought before a dying Nazi soldier who asked for his forgiveness, "The Sunflower" is a ... Show synopsis

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  • How can we forgive? May 3, 2012
    by Texan2

    The first 1/3 of the book is what happened in the life of Simon Wiesenthal, the author, during WWII. It is presented in such a way that the reader has the feeling of being there but "filtered"so as not to receive the full horror of that time.
    Wiesenthal invited a variety of notables to give their opinions of his quandry. It was impossible for me to skip even one.
    It is a good study in what is forgiveness and how are we to forgive.

  • Forgiveness no Jul 5, 2007
    by Ron Townsend

    This book has a small book by Simon Wiesenthal, the Nazi Hunter, about a visit with
    a dying Nazi SS soldier during his imprisonment in a concentration camp. Following
    the story are four score commentaries on the book by living and nonliving writers.
    Even though Mr. Wiesenthal had no idea at the time of the conversation that 89 of
    his relatives died in the camps he surely was a person to confess to. And even if
    the soldier couldn' t directly face his victims he did face Wiesenthal who would go
    on to find many of the Nazi perpetrators after the war. I personally feel that Wiesenthal
    did the right thing by listening to the soldier, walking away in silence, and then visiting
    the soldier's mother after the war. There are some things that cannot under any
    circumstances be forgiven. If all people go to heaven, Hitler, as a budding artist, should
    spend the rest of eternity painting the portraits of the victims of his mass genocide.
    However, I believe in hell and that's where this soldier and Hitler are. The fact that
    Simon Wiesenthal spent 96 years on this earth was God's plan and the fact that he
    listened to murderer's confession was also quite fitting. This book brings up many
    questions that are hard to answer with any authority. How would I understand the
    concentration camp Jew if I did not undergo it as he or she did. There is just not
    any way to rationalize forgiveness. And don't blame God. God gave us people like
    Wiesenthal and Frankl to deal with the horrors of the Holocaust. Let us be content
    in that.

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