The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal
16 November 2016
The event took place at Peter Harrington’s Book Shop in Dover Street and was attended by 20 people.
The discussion was led by Michael Pollak, Educational Consultant for PaJes and the UJIA Jewish Life Education Centre.
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