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Altruism, Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

Altruism, Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
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Index , Notes , Bibliography , Appendix
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This book focuses on intergroup apology and its outcome. Over one hundred apologies have been made recently by leaders or groups to those they have harmed. Altruism offers examples such as truth and reconciliation commissions and also the recent example of Polish-Ukrainian leaders offering mutual apologies for a massacre that both groups inflicted on one another. Using cases that show a positive outcome, this hopeful book provides empirical evidence that there is a positive relationship between altruism, apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

“Oliner has dedicated his research career to deepening our understanding of altruistic behavior. Now he has taken a lifetime of study, insight, and practice to the level of altruism between groups especially in the form of intergroup forgiveness. With the assistance of Piotr Olaf Zylicz, Oliner has produced the finest book on this topic I have ever read! In a world of intergroup conflict and hatred, this may well be the most urgent book of the decade. It is also a fitting tribute to Sam Oliner’s remarkable life.”
—Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., author of several books including Why Good Things Happen to Good People (with Jill Neimark) and editor of Altruism and Health

“[This book is] the culmination of Oliner’s many years of research on altruism. It weaves together multiple threads of his studies into a golden tinged tapestry showing the power and pervasiveness of altruism and love. This tour de force should be read by individuals, government officials, peace workers, and anyone dealing in international relations and intergroup dialogues. Heeding its lessons could change the world.”
—Everett Worthington, Ph.D., author of Five Steps to Forgiveness: The Art and Science of Forgiving

“...a lucid and comprehensive account of the literature, including international movements on forgiveness and reconciliation. The stories are moving and they provide something badly needed in today’s violent world—hope for the future.”
—Nel Noddings, Ph.D., author of Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education, Women and Evil, Educating Moral People, and Happiness and Education

“...an intellectually stimulating and morally significant work exploring one of the most important issues of our time.”
—Michael Berenbaum, Ph.D., author of numerous books including Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp and After Tragedy and Triumph

“In reading this book I was captivated not only by the thoughtfulness of Sam Oliner’s reasoning but also by the realization that it was written by one who personally suffered the ravages of the Holocaust. Orphaned, hunted, and terrorized for three years as a Jewish adolescent in Poland, Oliner demonstrates the remarkable ability to emerge from the darkness to shed light on the world of healing and to strive to improve the human condition for all.”
—Robert Krell, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia and Holocaust Survivor

“Highly respected for his research on altruism, particularly on rescuer behavior in genocidal situations, Samuel Oliner expands his insightful attention to consider apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation, which are each as controversial as they are important. Interdisciplinary and comprehensive, this thoughtful book is timely and much needed.”
—John Roth, Ph.D., author or editor of a number of books, including Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and Its Legacy (with Richard L. Rubenstein)

"Samuel Oliner’s book is a well done, well written and thorough presentation of the science of positive human behavior intermingled with an extended contemplation of human goodness in its myriad of forms."
—Frederic Luskin, Ph.D. Author Forgive for Good and The Forgiveness Factor

Cover Photos
Top Left: Orlando Rideout IV (left), a descendent of John Rideout (one of the two men who sold Kunte Kinte into slavery) embraces Chris Haley (right), a descendent of Kunte Kinte during the conclusion of a slave reconciliation walk September 29, 2004 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Top Right: West Germany’s Chancellor Willy Brandt kneels before the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial in Warsaw, Poland, Dec. 6, 1970. Perhaps in part due to this gesture, Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971.

Bottom Left: Chief Phil Fontaine (foreground) responds to the government’s apology for more than a century of abuse and cultural loss at a ceremony in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2008.

Bottom Right: Pope John Paul II shakes hands with Yaakov Dov Bleich, Ukrainian chief rabbi, at the monument of Babi Yar, a ravine where up to 200,000 Jews and others were gunned down and buried in mass graves during World War II.

Manifestations of Altruism in Different Religious Traditions
Reconciliation and Restorative Justice
Collective Guilt, Apology, and Reconciliation: The Polish Case
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