Sunflower On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

ISBN-10: 0805241450
ISBN-13: 9780805241457
Edition: 2nd 1997 (Expanded)
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List price: $24.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/7/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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. This unusual encounter and the moral dilemma it posed raise fundamental questions about the limits and possibilities of forgiveness. Must we, can we forgive the repentant criminal? Can we forgive crimes committed against others? What do we owe the victims? Thirty-five years after the Holocaust, Wiesenthal asked leading intellectuals what they would have done in his place. Collected into one volume, their responses became a classic of Holocaust literature and a touchstone of interfaith dialogue. This revised edition of The Sunflower includes 46 responses (ten from the original volume) from prominent theologians, political leaders, writers, jurists, psychiatrists, human rights activists, Holocaust survivors, and victims of attempted genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, China and Tibet. Their answers reflect the teachings of their diverse beliefs--Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, secular, and agnostic--and remind us that Wiesenthal's question is 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.

Simon Wiesenthal was born on December 31, 1908 in a small town near the present-day Ukrainian city of Lvov. He attended the Technical University of Prague after being turned away from the Polytechnic Institute in Lvov because of quota restrictions on Jewish students. He received his degree in architectural engineering in 1932 and opened an architectural office in Lvov. He was forced to close his business at the beginning of World War II. By September 1942, a total of eighty-nine members of both his and his wife's families perished. He was liberated from the Mauthausen death camp in Austria by the Americans on May 5, 1945. It was his fifth death camp among the dozen Nazi camps in which he was imprisoned during the war. After the war, Wiesenthal began gathering and preparing evidence on Nazi atrocities for the War Crimes Section of the United States Army and other organizations. He spent more than 50 years hunting Nazi war criminals and speaking out against neo-Nazism and racism. His main function as a Nazi hunter was gathering and analyzing information and then passing it on to the appropriate authorities. According to him, his work helped bring about 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice; including Adolf Eichmann, Karl Silberbauer, and Franz Stangl. He died on September 20, 2005 in Vienna at the age of 96.

Preface
The Sunflowerp. 1
The Symposiump. 99
Sven Alkalajp. 101
Jean Ameryp. 105
Smail Balicp. 109
Moshe Bejskip. 111
Alan L. Bergerp. 118
Robert McAfee Brownp. 121
Harry James Cargasp. 124
Robert Colesp. 126
The Dalai Lamap. 129
Eugene J. Fisherp. 130
Edward H. Flanneryp. 135
Eva Fleischnerp. 138
Matthew Foxp. 143
Mark Gouldenp. 148
Hans Habep. 153
Yossi Klein Halevip. 157
Arthur Hertzbergp. 160
Theodore M. Hesburghp. 163
Abraham Joshua Heschelp. 164
Christopher Hollisp. 166
Rodger Kamenetzp. 171
Cardinal Franz Konigp. 172
Harold S. Kushnerp. 174
Lawrence L. Langerp. 177
Primo Levip. 181
Deborah E. Lipstadtp. 183
Franklin H. Littellp. 187
Hubert G. Lockep. 191
Erich H. Loewyp. 194
Herbert Marcusep. 198
Martin E. Martyp. 199
Cynthia Ozickp. 204
John T. Pawlikowskip. 211
Dennis Pragerp. 216
Dith Pranp. 221
Terence Prittiep. 223
Joshua Rubensteinp. 225
Dorothee Soellep. 229
Albert Speerp. 231
Manes Sperberp. 232
Andre Steinp. 236
Nechama Tecp. 241
Joseph Telushkinp. 248
Tzvetan Todorovp. 250
Arthur Waskowp. 252
Harry Wup. 255
Contributorsp. 259
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