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Author Simon Weisenthal recalls his demoralizing life in a concentration camp and his envy of the dead Germans who have sunflowers marking their graves. At the time he assumed his grave would be a mass one, unmarked and forgotten. Then, one day, a dying Nazi soldier asks Weisenthal for forgiveness for his crimes against the Jews. What would you do? This important book and the provocative question it poses is birthing debates, symposiums, and college courses. The Dalai Lama, Harry Wu, Primo Levi, and others who have witnessed genocide and human tyranny answer Wiesenthal's ultimate question on forgiveness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this 1976 volume, divided into two sections, Wiesenthal tackles the question of the possibilities and limits of forgiveness. The first part relates the story of how Wiesenthal, as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, was brought before a dying SS trooper, who explained his actions and asked for forgiveness, which Wiesenthal could not bring himself to bestow. In the second section, Wiesenthal presents the story to an array of leading intellectuals and asks, "What would you have done?" This edition contains all the original responses plus additional ones from Primo Levi, Cynthia Ozick, Albert Speer, and others. Heavy stuff.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The storyline was engaging and thought provoking. However, I was astonished by the numerous editorials included within the book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by DeniseReid
Extremely important book for any time. The horror of Simon Weisenthal's situation is followed by extraordinary responses over the next decades. Read morePublished 6 days ago by pjdeb
I feel that this book offers a very relevant look at how murder cannot be forgiven, especially concerning the incident of thr SS man. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Efose Oriaifo
I was introduced to this book as part of a requirement for a class. I loved the book so much I bought a second one recently for a friend who is going through a particularly... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Oriana
Wiesenthal expresses his journey into an atrocity of Nazi culture. The question is summoned: can you forgive someone that was a gear in the machine that slaughtered 6 million... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jake Kountz