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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 S.S. 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? Twenty-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 (10 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.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
Bears reading, not only for its evocation of the Holocaust, but for its power to illuminate our own moral lives.
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
In 1976, Schocken published the first edition of this book. In it, Wiesenthal (The Murderers Among Us) related an autobiographical incident and invited responses from a number of prominent thinkers. For this revised version, responses were solicited from 31 new people; in addition, 11 of the old responses were retained and three included from the 1981 German edition. Among the new respondents, including intellectuals, writers, theologians, political dissidents and religious leaders from around the world, are the Dalai Lama, Robert Coles, Harold S. Kushner and Albert Speer. The book raises questions of ethics, responsibility, guilt, repentance and forgiveness as Wiesenthal recounts how, as a concentration camp prisoner, he was one day called to the bedside of a dying S.S. soldier. The terribly wounded young man had requested a Jew to hear his final confession, because of his guilt over vicious crimes against Jewish civilians. The S.S. man claimed that he was not anti-Semitic and had only followed the orders and lead of his officers and peers. In a few hours, the solider retold the story of his life, without rationalizations or excuses. Now repentant, he described his crime and asked Wiesenthal for forgiveness. The author has pondered his own response -- silence -- for more than five decades, and he asks his readers what they might have done in his place. In simple yet elegant prose, Wiesenthal recreates the grim reality of a time when Eastern Europe was hell. Never lapsing into the maudlin or self-pitying, his matter-of-fact realism makes the images all the more horrifying. The responses to the author's question are as varied as their authors. The mystery of evil and atonement remain, and the reader is left challenged on these most basic issues of meaning in human life.
VOYA - Susan R. Farber
Librarians will want to check their existing collections before ordering this revised edition of Wiesenthal's classic ethical query. What would you do? The first section of the book describes the situation of a starving prisoner in a concentration camp who is taken to the bedside of a dying Nazi soldier. The soldier tells his story of how he got involved in Nazi Youth and then participated in the massacre of a small town of Jews; but now that he is dying, he asks the forgiveness of this Jew-as a representative of all Jews-to ease his passing. The prisoner cannot decide what to do and walks out without saying a word, and the soldier dies that night, unforgiven. The second part of the book, "Symposium," presents commentary by noted theorists, philosophers, and historians on Wiesenthal's story, and their essays are interesting and provoke careful consideration. However, there is some repetition from the earlier edition of the book. The 1969 edition included thirty-two essays, and the 1997 edition repeats nine of these, verbatim; includes one which was only slightly rewritten; and presents thirty-six new essays by Robert Coles, the Dalai Lama, Harold S. Kushner, and others (curiously few women, by the way). Biographical information on each contributor is provided. While this excellent book will be invaluable to students of ethics or religious studies, it may have a limited readership otherwise and librarians may want to consider their budget and shelf space if an earlier edition is owned. Contributors List. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12). 1997, (c)1970,
Washington Post Book World
Bears reading, not only for its evocation of the Holocaust, but for its power to illuminate our own moral lives.
From the Publisher
"In simple yet elegant prose, Wiesenthal recreates the grim reality of a time when Eastern Europe was hell. Never lapsing into the maudlin or self-pitying, his matter-of-fact realism makes the images all the more horrifying." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805241457
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/7/1997
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Wiesenthal was born in 1908 in Buczacz, Galicia, at that time a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was incarcerated between 1941 and 1945 in Buchenwald and Mauthausen and other concentration camps. In 1946, together with 30 other survivors, he founded the Jewish Historical Documentation Center, which was instrumental in the identification of over 1,100 Nazi war criminals. He has been honored by the governments of Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, and the United States. Wiesenthal is the author of many books, including The Murderers Among Us, Justice Not Vengeance, Sails of Hope, and Every Day Remembrance Day. Wiesenthal lives in Austria.

Among the contributors:

Sven Alkalaj, Bosnian Ambassador to the U.S., Moshe Bejski, retired justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, Robert McAfee Brown, leading Protestant theologian, Robert Coles, Harvard professor of social ethics and author, The Dalai Lama, Eugene Fisher, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Matthew Fox, author and leading Episcopalian theologian, Yossi Klein Halevi, Israeli journalist and son of a Holocaust survivor, Arthur Hertzberg, rabbi and author, Theodore Hesburgh, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, Hans Konig, Cardinal of Vienna, Harold Kushner, rabbi and best-selling author, Primo Levi, Italian Holocaust survivor and author, Cynthia Ozick, novelist and essayist, Dennis Prager, author and conservative radio commentator, Dith Pran, photographer and subject of the film "The Killing Fields" about the Cambodian genocide, Albert Speer, German Nazi war criminal and author, Tzvetan Todorov, French literary critic, Harry Wu, Chinese human rights activist.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Bk. 1 The Sunflower 1
Bk. 2 The Symposium 99
Sven Alkalaj 101
Jean Amery 105
Smail Balic 109
Moshe Bejski 111
Alan L. Berger 118
Robert McAfee Brown 121
Harry James Cargas 124
Robert Coles 126
The Dalai Lama 129
Eugene J. Fisher 130
Edward H. Flannery 135
Eva Fleischner 138
Matthew Fox 143
Mark Goulden 148
Hans Habe 153
Yossi Klein Halevi 157
Arthur Hertzberg 160
Theodore M. Hesburgh 163
Abraham Joshua Heschel 164
Christopher Hollis 166
Rodger Kamenetz 171
Cardinal Franz Konig 172
Harold S. Kushner 174
Lawrence L. Langer 177
Primo Levi 181
Deborah E. Lipstadt 183
Franklin H. Littell 187
Hubert G. Locke 191
Erich H. Loewy 194
Herbert Marcuse 198
Martin E. Marty 199
Cynthia Ozick 204
John T. Pawlikowski 211
Dennis Prager 216
Dith Pran 221
Terence Prittie 223
Joshua Rubenstein 225
Dorothee Soelle 229
Albert Speer 231
Manes Sperber 232
Andre Stein 236
Nechama Tec 241
Joseph Telushkin 248
Tzvetan Todorov 250
Arthur Waskow 252
Harry Wu 255
Contributors 259
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Reading Group Guide

1. "In his confession there was true repentance, " writes Wiesenthal (p. 53). Not all of the commentators agree with him. Many of them think Karl was angling for "cheap grace, " and that his remorse exists only because he finds himself facing death. Which point of view do you agree with? Do you think, with literary critic Tzvetan Todorov (p. 251), that the very fact of Karl's expressing remorse makes him exceptional, and therefore deserving of respect?

2. Eva Fleischner found that almost without exception, her Christian students "come out in favor of forgiveness, while the Jewish students feel that Simon did the right thing by not granting the dying man's wish" (p. 139). Do you feel that the Christian and Jewish writers in this volume are similarly divided? Do their differences stem from first-hand experience, or from different notions of sin and repentance, as Dennis Prager suggests? Do any writers in this book seriously suggest forgiveness??and why? Do you believe, with political theorist Herbert Marcuse, that "the easy forgiving of such crimes perpetuates the very evil it wants to alleviate" (p. 198)?

3. Did the mother of the SS man, by her passivity, acquiesce in her son's crimes? Wiesenthal says that people who wanted "only peace and quiet" were "the mounting blocks by which the criminals climbed to power and kept it" (p. 91). Most of the authors in this volume believe that Wiesenthal did the right thing in not telling her about her son's crimes. Psychotherapist Andre Stein, however, disagrees, saying that "Simon had a responsibility toward past and future victims to tell her the truth. And Karl'smother had the responsibility of rising above her personal pain and telling the world what her son had done" (p. 240). Which point of view do you agree with?

4. "I asked myself if it was only the Nazis who had persecuted us. Was it not just as wicked for people to look on quietly and without protest at human beings enduring such shocking humiliation?" (p. 57). Some of the commentators believe that those who were following orders were just as guilty as those who gave them; others, like Dith Pran, draw a moral line between followers and leaders. Would you hold them equally responsible?

5. "Without forgetting there can be no forgiving, " says retired Israeli Supreme Court Justice Moshe Bejski (p. 116); the Dalai Lama, on the other hand, believes that one must forgive but not necessarily forget. Do you think it is possible to forgive and not forget? How would you differentiate forgiveness and reconciliation?

6. Wiesenthal's friend Josek tells him that no one can offer forgiveness on behalf of another victim. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel writes, "No one can forgive crimes committed against other people" (p. 165). Wiesenthal is not so sure. "Aren't we a single community with the same destiny, and one must answer for the other?" he asks (p. 65). It is a question echoed by the Catholic writer Christopher Hollis when he posits that insofar as Karl's crime was part of "a general campaign of genocide, the author was as much a victim--or likely to be soon a victim--of that campaign as was the child, and, being a sufferer, had therefore the right to forgive" (p. 169). Which point of view do you find more persuasive, Hollis's or Heschel's?

7. Many of the Symposium contributors believe that even as he lay dying, Karl saw the Jews as objects or subhumans, and that his wish to confess to a Jew, any Jew, and a concentration camp prisoner at that, showed that he had learned nothing from his experiences. Do you agree with this?

8. Why does Wiesenthal dream about the little boy Eli (p. 68)?

9. "There are many kinds of silence, " Wiesenthal states (p. 97). What messages, positive and negative, does Wiesenthal's own silence convey? What does it tell the dying man? What does it tell to you, the reader?

10. Eugene J. Fisher believes that "we have no right to put Jewish survivors in the impossible moral position of offering forgiveness, implicitly, in the name of the six million. Placing a Jew in this anguished position further victimizes him or her. This, in my reading, was the final sin of the dying Nazi" (pp. 132-33). Literature professor Lawrence L. Langer and writer Primo Levi share this opinion. Do you agree?

11. Jean Amery, Mark Goulden and Cynthia Ozick insist that Karl and the other Nazis should never under any circumstances be forgiven. Do you find their arguments harsh or just?

12. Theologian Robert McAfee Brown acknowledges that "perhaps there are situations where sacrificial love, with forgiveness at the heart of it, can make a difference, and can even empower" (pp. 122-123). He cites Nelson Mandela and Tomas Borge as examples of men who have forgiven wrongs that many might see as unforgivable. Do you think that Mandela's and Borge's situations are comparable with Wiesenthal's? Where do the differences lie?

13. If you believe that Karl should be forgiven, apply Harry James Cargas's reductio ad absurdum (p. 125): If Hitler had repented, should he be forgiven? Why or why not?

14. Is Harry Wu's reaction to Comrade Ma (pp. 255-58) relevant to Wiesenthal's feelings toward Karl?

15. How does collective guilt differ from national guilt? Do you believe that future generations should continue to feel remorse for a previous generation's crimes? Martin E. Marty compares the national guilt visited upon the postwar generation in Germany with our own national guilt for the institution of slavery and the genocide of Native Americans, and questions whether the perpetuation of such feelings is healthy. Do you agree with his position?

16. What do you think of President Reagan's visit to the SS cemetery in Bitberg, Germany? Has reading this book changed your opinions?

17. "I wonder if Simon did not receive his vocation from this dying SS man, " writes Episcopal priest Matthew Fox (p. 146). Does this seem a reasonable theory to you? Do you agree with Fox's belief that in hunting down former Nazis, Wiesenthal is actually offering them the opportunity for a moral conversion?

18. Does Simon Wiesenthal's life's work as a Nazi hunter constitute his own response to the question he poses in this book?

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    The best story I ever read

    If you're looking for a book that makes you question the very core of your soul, this is it. Powerful and moving, this novel recounts the life of a nazi soldier and jewish prisoner during WWII. This book sparked a lot of debate between me and my friends. Was the prisoner right in his actions? Was the soldier out of line? When is it ok to forgive, and who is at liberty to forgive some of the atrocities that occurred? Half the book is the true story between the soldier and prisoner; the other is a symposium from people from all walks of life (professors, religious leaders, etc.) answering the question the author's question: What would you have done in my shoes?

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    A 'Must Read' Book

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. I found Weisenthal's dilemma challenging. As Christians, I was taught to emmulate Christ and to forgive our enemies 70 times 7. But does that include extending absolution for crimes against those who can no longer speak for themselves? Where does personal responsibility begin in a world gone insane and dominated by groupthink? Can an individual speak on behalf of a people so persecuted? These are just a few of the questions this book made me think about (and I continue to ponder). I find myself thinking one thing, I look at the book again and find new questions and different answers each time. Even as I read different responses from others, I see a new dimension to the question. I highly recommend this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    This collection of essays provides a lot of scholarly insight into the differences between Christianity and Judaism

    As a Jew that was not brought up very religious I really learned a lot about how both religions view forgiveness and repentance. I would definitely recommend this book for everybody.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    I read this book over 5 years ago and am re-reading it. I am fi

    I read this book over 5 years ago and am re-reading it. I am finding it even more engrossing and challenging than the first read. This is a book to be studied and discussed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

    First half good, second half not

    First half of book was interesting, but got bored in the last half of book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    A Classic!

    'To forgive or not to forgive' that is the question this author poses to people of different backgrounds and different faiths. The responses are beautiful, profound, and heart-wrenching. You will not be disappointed in the faith-filled pages of this book. A Triumph!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Wonderful!

    The story of the 'sunflower' is itself worthy of reading this book. However, the dilemnas and questions and reactions Wiesenthal must deal with present a new opportunity for the reader to view the Holocaust and other atrocities in a way that I have never seen presented before. As a post-MEd student with a life long interest in the reasons behind man's inhumanity toward man, this book is a must read. The 53 responses of others who have been situated in horrific life situations are an invaluable contribution to this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

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    Amazing

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    The Sunflower is a book of enormous inspiration. Everyone should own this book and read it very often. I've read this one at least 1/2 a dozen times and will continue to go back to it. Also, I've enjoyed this book so much that I've given it to 4 people already and I will gift it again in the future. A truly beautiful and excellent examination of conscience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2009

    "The Sunflower" is a very thought provoking, heart felt read. It allows you to question yourself.

    Mr. Wiesentthal does a great job in presenting his battle and allows the reader to feel and understand his pain and suffer. The short writings that follow his actual narrative are also very informative and interesting. The book turn the reader to face himself and question himself. The book serves as a guide of different opinions. I truly don't think that an individual can answer the question of forgivness unless put in similar situations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2005

    More than thought provoking!

    Mr. Wiesenthal's story is one of the most difficult I have ever read and one that I am so very grateful that I did read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    UNBELIEVABLE

    What Would you do? This is the main question that is asked in the book. A story that involves the ideas of forgiveness and guilt. How would you respond to a question asking for the fogiveness of an entire population. A must read especially if you are in to Holocaust History.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    Well written, thought provoking, I applaud Mr. Wiesenthal for sh

    Well written, thought provoking, I applaud Mr. Wiesenthal for sharing this experience with us.  We can all learn from the past and this contains powerful lessons.  I really appreciated the commentaries that were added when the book was republished in the 1990's, especially Mr. Levin's.  Thank you for writing this book.

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    Posted September 23, 2014

    Holly

    She nods quietly.

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    Posted October 20, 2014

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    Alright.

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    Posted October 20, 2014

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    Yeah, i tred to tell you on friday i was going camping, but my wifi just zonked

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal is a book that has the power t

    The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal is a book that has the power to change your life, and to think about the act of forgiveness in a very deep way.

    This is the true story of Simon Wiesenthal, and how, as a Jewish prisoner under the Nazi regime, he encountered a dying Nazi soldier who would ask Simon to do something that is very difficult: to forgive him for his sins against the Jewish people.

    This book has two sections: the first section detailing Simon's telling of the story, and the second which is filled with essays written by prominent figures of what they would do in Simon's role.  I didn't read all of the commentary, but I did read some of them.

    Does The Sunflower sound familiar to you?  It's the real-life version of the Jodi Picoult novel, The Storyteller.

    One section of Simon's tale really struck a chord with me.  During a time when many Jews were living in the ghetto, the regime in charge wanted the children to be gone.  The SS leader decided the best way to get all of the Jewish children out of hiding (so they could kill them, of course) would be to start a kindergarten, and advertise it as something for the good of the Jews.  Extra food was even sent to the ghetto to help show the goodwill.

    However, when the children came out of hiding to go to the kindergarten on that day, they were loaded onto SS trucks and brought straight to the gas chambers.

    Does Simon have the right to forgive on behalf of all of the Jewish people that this dying Nazi killed, injured, etc?

    Can he deny a dying man's wish?

    Will Simon forgive this Nazi?

    Would YOU?

    Thanks for reading,

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    GET YOUR AD OFF SUNCLAN

    Please nobodys joining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Eurydice

    She yawns and twists open the Purple Hearts gebtly. "Next bush iver!" ((Res2 or around there, my res are mixed around...))

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    Posted October 21, 2011

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