Free book: Discussion topics on Teshuvah as healing. This discussion guide explores some of the difficulties and dilemmas facing those who seek to heal the wounds of their own souls—especially self-inflicted wounds. These topics are explored through a series of dialogues between a former member of the Birkenau Sonderkommando and a rabbi.
Returning includes a number of Hebrew and Aramaic terms. For the reader’s convenience, any terms not defined in the text can be found in the glossary at the end of the book. We’ve reproduced that glossary here for the convenience of book clubs and discussion groups.
Returning explores the moral dilemmas faced by the Jewish Sonderkommando in Birkenau. When does death becomes a moral obligation? What is the nature of responsibility when all choices are taken from us? These are the questions that Ovadya still wrestles with decades later.
This page is specifically geared toward book clubs and discussion groups. It contains questions to guide readers through some of the issues raised by Returning with regard to the the Holocaust in general, the Sonderkommando in particular, and the way in which the characters deal with their memory of the past.