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 synopsisBased on his experiences as a concentration camp prisoner brought before a dying Nazi soldier who asked for his forgiveness, "The Sunflower" is a collection of essays in which a host of intellectuals considers the question: Can evil be forgiven? This revised edition features contributions by Robert Coles, Cynthia Ozick, Primo Levi, Albert Speer, Harry Wu, and a host of others, including 33 respondents not featured in the earlier edition.Hide synopsis
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Tantor Audio) – Audiobook CD (2011)
Simon Wiesenthal, Dawkins Dean (Narrator), Laural Merlington (Narrator)
Audiobook CD, Tantor Audio 2011
MP3 - CD ed.
ISBN: 1452653976 ISBN-13: 9781452653976
Author Simon Wiesenthal inquires into the possibilities and limits of compassion, forgiveness, justice, and human responsibility among a diverse group of fifty-three men and women, including Holocaust survivors, victims of attempted genocide, psychiatrists, political leaders, and more.Author Simon Wiesenthal inquires into the possibilities and limits of compassion, forgiveness, justice, and human responsibility among a diverse group of fifty-three men and women, including Holocaust survivors, victims of attempted genocide, psychiatrists, political leaders, and more.Hide
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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.
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
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