Wednesday, September 21, 2005

I will say, "I didn't forget you."

A few years ago I read The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal. In the first part he recounts his life in the camps and how one day a dying Nazi asked him for forgiveness. The second section is essays written by a variety of people answering the question of "What would you do." I don't know what I would do. Would I forgive a dying man after I had seen so much death knowing there was more to see? Would I have had the strength to even survive the camps? Would I have had the strength to stand up to the Nazis? I don't know.

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