9780805210606

The Sunflower

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805210606

  • ISBN10:

    0805210601

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 4/7/1998
  • Publisher: Schocken

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Summary

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. Faced with the choice between compassion and justice, silence and truth, Wiesenthal said nothing. But even years after the way had ended, he wondered: Had he done the right thing? What would you have done in his place? In this important book, fifty-three distinguished men and women respond to Wiesenthal's questions. They are theologians, political leaders, writers, jurists, psychiatrists, human rights activists, Holocaust survivors, and victims of attempted genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, China and Tibet. Their responses, as varied as their experiences of the world, remind us that Wiesenthal's questions are not limited to events of the past. Often surprising and always thought provoking,The Sunflowerwill challenge you to define your beliefs about justice, compassion, and human responsibility.

Author Biography

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 <b>The Murderers Among Us</b>, <b>Justice Not Vengeance</b>, <b>Sails of Hope,</b> and <b>Every Day Remembrance Day</b>. Wiesenthal lives in Austria.<br><br><b>Among the contributors:</b><br><br><b>Sven Alkalaj</b>, Bosnian Ambassador to the U.S., <b>Mosh

Table of Contents

Preface ix
BOOK ONE The Sunflower 1(98)
BOOK TWO The Symposium 99(176)
Sven Alkalaj
101(4)
Jean Amery
105(4)
Smail Balic
109(2)
Moshe Bejski
111(7)
Alan L. Berger
118(3)
Robert McAfee Brown
121(3)
Harry James Cargas
124(2)
Robert Coles
126(3)
The Dalai Lama
129(1)
Eugene J. Fisher
130(5)
Edward H. Flannery
135(3)
Eva Fleischner
138(5)
Matthew Fox
143(5)
Rebecca Goldstein
148(4)
Mary Gordon
152(2)
Mark Goulden
154(4)
Hans Habe
158(5)
Yossi Klein Halevi
163(3)
Arthur Hertzberg
166(3)
Theodore M. Hesburgh
169(1)
Abraham Joshua Heschel
170(2)
Susannah Heschel
172(2)
Jose Hobday
174(1)
Christopher Hollis
175(6)
Rodger Kamenetz
181(1)
Cardinal Franz Konig
182(1)
Harold S. Kushner
183(3)
Lawrence L. Langer
186(5)
Primo Levi
191(2)
Deborah E. Lipstadt
193(4)
Franklin H. Littell
197(3)
Hubert G. Locke
200(3)
Erich H. Loewy
203(4)
Herbert Marcuse
207(1)
Martin E. Marty
208(5)
Cynthia Ozick
213(7)
John T. Pawlikowski
220(5)
Dennis Prager
225(5)
Dith Pran
230(3)
Terence Prittie
233(2)
Matthieu Ricard
235(2)
Joshua Rubenstein
237(4)
Sidney Shachnow
241(2)
Dorothee Soelle
243(2)
Albert Speer
245(1)
Manes Sperber
246(4)
Andre Stein
250(5)
Nechama Tec
255(7)
Joseph Telushkin
262(3)
Tzvetan Todorov
265(1)
Desmond Tutu
266(2)
Arthur Waskow
268(3)
Harry Wu
271(4)
Contributors 275

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