By Simon Wiesenthal
Whereas imprisoned in a Nazi focus camp, Wiesenthal used to be taken at some point from his paintings aspect to the bedside of a demise SS guy. Haunted by means of the crimes during which he'd participated, the soldier desired to confess to--& receive absolution from--a Jew. confronted with the alternative among compassion & justice, silence & fact, Wiesenthal acknowledged not anything. yet even years after the warfare had ended, he questioned: Had he performed the best factor? What might you've gotten performed in his place?
In this significant publication, fifty three unique males & girls reply to Wiesenthal's questions. they're theologians, political leaders, writers, jurists, psychiatrists, human rights activists, Holocaust survivors & sufferers of tried genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, China & Tibet. Their responses, as various as their reviews of the area, remind us that Wiesenthal's questions are usually not restricted to occasions of the prior. frequently mind-blowing, regularly concept scary, The Sunflower will problem you to outline your ideals approximately justice, compassion & accountability.
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The necessary summing-up is best left to one of the later volumes—when accounts covering the eastern front, events in the Balkans and northern Europe, operations in Italy, and the war at sea have been given—before dealing with the advance of the Allies into Germany and the collapse of the Third Reich. In the present volume, too, it becomes evident to what a hopeless situation German conduct of the war had been brought by Hitler’s clinging, with a reckless faith in Darwinian inevitability, to his watchword of ‘all or nothing’.
After suffering substantial setbacks on the eastern front, the German armies managed to stabilize the situation for only a short while. At sea, the stark imbalance between the Kriegsmarine’s own losses and the Allied shipping sunk meant that the U-boats had to be withdrawn from the North Atlantic; the Luftwaffe revealed its inability not only to mount any major operations against Britain and give adequate support to the war on land, but also to protect the homeland against the massed attacks by enemy bombers; the war in North Africa was lost, with heavy German and Italian casualties.
267–83; Army Air Forces, ii. 348–68, 572, 720–2, 727–30. 16 Letter (copy) from Harris to Eaker, 15 Apr. 1943, LoC, Arnold Papers, Box 274. 17 Letter from Portal to Arnold, 15 Apr. 1943, CCS 217, 7–8, LoC, Arnold Papers, Box 182. 18 Letter from Portal to MacNeece Foster, 15 Apr. 1943, Webster and Frankland, Strategic Air Offensive, ii. 19. 1. 19 The fact that the Americans were the ﬁrst to call attention to this was due simply to their being more exposed to ﬁghters during their daylight raids than the British were at night.
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal