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The Sunflower

A dying Nazi begs absolution from a young Jewish man. Does the Jew have a moral obligation to forgive him?
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English — US


  • English & Language Arts
  • History
  • The Holocaust

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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The Sunflower

Date of Publication: November 1969


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