^^PDF Download The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Newly Expanded Paperback Edition) Total Online. 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. Editorial Reviews. meteolille.info Review. Author Simon Weisenthal recalls his demoralizing life in a concentration camp and his envy of the dead Germans who . PDF | Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) belongs to the family Asteraceae. The Helianthus genus contains 65 different species of which 14 are annual plants.
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified Purchase. I ordered and read this book because my daughter asked me to help her with it for a college project. When I saw it was written by Simon Wiesenthal, I immediately agreed.
The course she had to read this for was a psychology class focusing on trauma. As a 2nd generation German-American, her question was, do I feel traumatized by the Holocaust? Did the experience Wiesenthal relates to his readers in the 1st half of the book, cause him both physical and mental trauma?
And did he handle it properly? The book is divided into two sections, the first half is Wiesenthal's telling the story of this particular incident. It is very well written and gripping to say the least. The 2nd half of the book is comprised of interviews with approx 50 people from different walks of life, including medical, psychological, military and clergy on their reactions to Wiesenthal's story, and their opinion as to how he handled the situation.
While interesting, frankly it became repetitious, and I found myself skim reading many of their responses. Overall, though, it was an important book to read regarding this chapter in WWII.
Would you forgive the Nazi perpetrator? In this parable, the narrator describes his hellish daily existence in the Lemberg concentration camp. Although the narrative shies away from vivid descriptions of violence, it alludes to the sadistic mistreatment of Jewish inmates by SS officers as well as to the starvation, disease and constant threat of being shot or selected for the crematorium that were part and parcel of the daily horrors experienced by inmates.
The book, originally published by Schocken Books in , has been taught for decades in schools as an introduction to the Holocaust. The latter point was particularly relevant to Wiesenthal, who spent years of his life tracking down Nazi fugitives and bringing them to trial for their crimes against humanity. Schocken Books, , There the narrator sees a man enveloped in bandages, pale and rail thin.
As this man addresses him with great difficulty, the narrator realizes that the dying man is a young German SS officer: He tells him about the Nazi indoctrination when he was in Hitler Youth.
He also speaks of being subjected to tremendous peer pressure from fellow soldiers as well yielding to the pressure of following orders from his superiors. Some people jumped, while on fire, from the broken windows. The narrator is surprised by the request and paralyzed by indecision. When he returns to the camp that evening, he tells his friends about this strange encounter. One less Nazi, he states cynically.
How could his friend have forgiven atrocities of such a magnitude? And who was he to speak for millions of other victims? Both friends remain suspicious: The narrator, however, sees the dying SS soldier as a fellow human being.
Of course, their circumstances were far from symmetrical. In fact, they were diametrically opposed. Still unsure of his own ethical stance, the narrator asks each of us, readers, to ask ourselves: Adolf Eichmann or Rudolf Hoss, for instance, express no regret or compunction for their crimes.
They deny all sense of personal responsibility and blame only the Nazi system and their superiors for their murderous deeds. Yet for the victims, the question is extremely relevant because it asks them to consider at least some of the perpetrators as human: Not every SS soldier hated Jews. Not every SS soldier was a ruthless sadist. Not every SS soldier gladly followed orders to butcher innocent people. Yet almost every SS soldier chose, like the man in The Sunflower, to follow such orders, to commit such crimes.
Almost every SS soldier killed countless innocent Jews. How could this happen? Claudia Moscovici, Literature Salon. On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness] by [Simon Wiesenthal] was a simply tender and thought provoking book.
Simon Wiesenthal famous Nazi-hunter spent time in Auschwitz and Mauthusen before being liberated. While at Auschwitz he was sent to the hospital bed of a young, dying SS officer.
This officer asked Wiesenthal to forgive him, although they personally had no contact with each other. The SS officer needed to be forgiven before he died. Wiesenthal did not forgive him, by keeping his silence. This young, 22 year old SS officer also gave Wiesenthal his mother's address and wanted him to tell his mother that he loved her.
This always haunted Wiesenthal and years later he writes about it. Was it his place to forgive this Nazi for all Jewry?
Did he have the authority or the right to do so? He visited the mother 4 years after the war and again, kept silent when the mother said, "He SS officer was such a good son.
The answer is never resolved. The second half of the book are the opinions of theologians and other philosophers on what they would have done in Wiesenthal's situation. Very interesting reading. Interesting book but I think the focus was slightly misplaced.
Like most of those who responded, I agree, that obviously Simon can not forgive Carl for an act of murder done to a third party. But there is another element here and that is repentance for it's own sake. Simon remains silent despite his assumption of the sincerity of Carl's regrets because he can not forgive him.
I feel the correct answer would have been "I can not forgive you for what you did to someone else but use your remaining time alive to repent your actions and hopefully you will be forgiven in the next world" No matter how evil someone was,if they express sincere regret even if that regret will not undo anything, nor will it fully atone for them,nonetheless their repentance is to be encouraged. There are three different editions of Simon Wiesenthal's The Sunflower, each with new contributors to the symposium portion that make it more thought provoking each time.
This is a remarkable story, and the issues that it raises and that the respondents address are complex, powerful, and, sometimes unfortunately, just as relevant today as they were when all of this first happened. It will make you think hard and come to terms with some of the most important concepts about human behavior.
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