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The Sunflower

On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

By Simon Wiesenthal
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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

The Sunflower (1969) is an important exploration of forgiveness – both its possibilities and its limitations. We join the author as he attempts to find an answer to an extremely complex question: Can a Jewish concentration camp prisoner forgive a Nazi soldier on his deathbed? There is a range of opinions – from people like Primo Levi and the Dalai Lama – but is there a right answer?

  • Humanitarians seeking to understand humanity’s potential for good and evil
  • Skeptics who may not believe in the power of forgiveness
  • Pacifists wondering how to end our history of violence

Simon Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. He has published many books on the topic, including The Murderers Among Us and Justice Not Vengeance, and been internationally lauded for this work. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which fights for Jewish human rights, is based in Los Angeles.

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