But the God who allowed the Holocaust did not, and does not, have the standing to forgive the monsters who had carried out the murders. (Arthur Hertzberg)
On the other hand, when Simon Wiesenthal visited the dead soldier's mother in Stuttgart some months later, he was right not to deprive her of her illusions about her son. He did not visit his sins on her. Wiesenthal obeyed the Biblical injunction that each of us dies for our own sins, and not even for those of our children or of our parents. (Arthur Hertzberg)
But there are always time lags between the several stages in translating moral and religious guilt into civil and juridical guilt. First there is the realization that some wickedness is not like an earthquake or a flood: it is wrong, and someone did it. Then there is the time lag until the thought penetrates the communal mind that if someone did it, the person can be punished (and others so inclined be discouraged.) There follows the time lag until the crime is defined and the punishment decreed for perpetrators. Finally there is a time lag until the laws that are on the book generally can be enforced. (Franklin H. Littel) (emphasis added)
There is much that silence can teach us, if we could but learn to listen to it. Not the least of its lessons is that there may well be questions for which there are no answers and other questions for which answers would remove the moral force of the question. […] We concede that we are not gods and that we lack, as much as we might be loath to admit it, the capacity to provide understanding and assurance for every inexplicable moment in life. (Hubert G. Locke)
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