The Ethics of Forgiveness

  • John K. Roth


To forgive is an act that can have varied but related meanings. To forgive means to be merciful, to pardon an offense or an offender, to give up a claim against another individual, to set aside a debt, to relinquish anger or resentment, however justifiable those feelings may be, to free a person from the burden of guilt. Thus, forgiveness is what I call an after-word. It has that status partly because of the Holocaust. Reflection on that fact is another step that needs to be taken to deepen understanding about ethics during and after the Holocaust.


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