Inherited Enemies: A Holocause Journey...Tearing Down the Fence Between Hate and Forgiveness (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/4
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A Holocaust journey, tearing down the fence between hate and forgiveness. The possibilities of a child of a Holocaust survivor forgiving the people who tortured and killed her family she never met. Faith set out on an odyssey to learn the nature of forgiveness, and her path ultimately led her to the places of her nightmares-and other places that she never, in her wildest dreams, imagined visiting. Faith found herself in the concentration camps where her father was held and at one point she even met with the son of an SS officer! Bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism all became Faith's targets in her quest to make our world a better place to live in. And, as she discovered, it all starts with forgiveness. Forgiving should never be confused with forgetting.
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Though she had been raised to identify gentiles and everything German as her potential enemy, she finds herself desperately trying to get rid of that anger. Through short, easy to read chapters, Feldman takes you through the many ways in which she tries to let go of these feelings. She tries everything from going through an interfaith ministry to hosting anti-hate crime workshops to starting a dialogue with a German son of an SS officer.
The first part of this book was very engaging. However, when Feldman starts her journey into change, that's where it became less about the messages she wanted to share, and more about her and her struggles. I felt this book would have a lot more impact had it been cut a little shorter and stuck to one subject focus. But I should point out that this is a very easy and quick read.
There are a few things that I do want to give this author props for:
-Sharing the dialogue she had with the son of an SS officer. In email correspondence, he shares his shame for his heritage and the atrocities his father and grandfather had partook in. As a granddaughter of a holocaust survivor, it was really good for me to read his views.
-Opening herself up and telling her personal story in order to help others let go of the hatred or prejudice they may have towards others, regardless of the religion and ethnicity.
to be free from hate and fear and its aftermath to the soul of the generations who come after.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read what a journey to overcome prejudice,
hate, and fear looks like - and for the hope you will receive in reading it. It made me cry and
filled my heart with faith, hope, and love.
Shay Hays, KS