Viola Book Group to meet May 5

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Viola Book Group will discuss "The Sunflower" at their meeting on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Marigold Manor in Viola.

Forgiveness is sometimes a difficult concept for people to grasp. When we feel we have been wronged, it is hard to offer forgiveness. What if you lived in a concentration camp and witnessed the atrocities of the Nazis first hand? Would you be able to forgive?

That is the subject of "The Sunflower" by Simon Wiesenthal, the current book read by members of the Viola Book Group. The author lived in various concentration camps between 1941 and 1945.

One day, he was pulled from his work detail because a dying SS soldier wanted to confess his sins and ask forgiveness of a Jew. Faced with the choice between compassion and justice, silence and truth, Wiesenthal said nothing. Years later, he wondered: Had he done the right thing? He posed this question to 53 men and women and recorded their answers in his book.

Anyone wishing to discuss the book may attend the discussion group. The next book on the group's list is "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper.