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The Sunflower

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by Simon Wiesenthal
(Schocken Books)

A young Jewish man is taken from a death camp to an army hospital, where he is led to the bedside of a Nazi soldier. The dying Nazi confesses to having participated in the burning alive of an entire village of Jews, and begs absolution from the Jew. Does the Jew have a moral obligation? This question forms the basis of this challenging book that brings together the responses of respected scholars, Holocaust survivors, and philosophers.

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