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In The Sunflower pdf, Simon Wiesenthal tells the story of his moral awakening as an Austrian soldier during World War II.

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Book Name The Sunflower
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Author Simon Wiesenthal
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From the author of “The Sunflower” comes a powerful story of conscience, crime, and absolution. While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying SS man. The war had just ended; their captors were losing control. Haunted by the crimes in which he’d participated, the soldier wanted to confess to–& obtain absolution from–a Jew: Simon Wiesenthal. Faced with the choice between compassion & justice, silence & truth, Wiesenthal said nothing.

This story is about Simon Wiesenthal’s imprisonment by the Nazis, his refusal to seek revenge on his captors, and how this choice changed his life. This one-of-a-kind account describes the difficult moral choices he faced every day during his captivity in a concentration camp, making him one of the most inspirational men of the last century.

In this powerful and moving memoir, Simon Wiesenthal tells the story of his life on two levels: his role as a Holocaust survivor and his efforts to bring those responsible for that atrocity to justice. Laced with moments of devastating truth and terrible grief, this book is about what it means to be human in the face of inhumanity.

In the summer of 1944, Nazi officer Franz Stangl was sent to organize a concentration camp in Poland. Within two years, more than one million Jews had been gassed at his watch, earning him the nickname “the cremator.” In this memoir, Wiesenthal recounts how he found himself alone with Stangl just before the war was over–and faced a moral dilemma that would haunt him for years.

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While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying SS man. Haunted by the crimes in which he’d participated, the soldier wanted to confess to–& obtain absolution from–a Jew. Faced with the choice between compassion & justice, silence & truth, Wiesenthal said nothing. But even years after the war had ended, he wondered: Had he done the right thing? What would you have done in his place?

In this critical book, 53 distinguished men & women respond to Wiesenthal’s questions. They are theologians, political leaders, writers, jurists, psychiatrists, human rights activists, Holocaust survivors & victims of attempted genocides in Bosnia, Cambodia, China & Tibet. Their responses, as varied as their experiences of the world, remind us that Wiesenthal’s questions are not limited to past events. Often surprising and thought-provoking, The Sunflower will challenge you to define your beliefs about justice, compassion & responsibility.

Simon Wiesenthal, KBE, was an Austrian-Jewish architectural engineer and Holocaust survivor who became famous after World War II for his work as a Nazi hunter who pursued Nazi war criminals to bring them to justice.

Following four and a half years in the German concentration camps such as Janowska, Plaszow, and Mauthausen during World War II, Wiesenthal dedicated most of his life to tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazis so that they could be brought to justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In 1947, he co-founded the Jewish Historical Documentation Center in Linz, Austria, to gather information for future war crime trials. Later he opened the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna. Wiesenthal wrote The Sunflower, which describes a life-changing event he experienced in the camp.

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