Varda Hasselmann: Weighing the Soul. Goldmann Verlag (Paperback)

Weighing the Soul

Original Title: Die Seelenwaage

Paperback, 480 pages, 12.5 x 18.3 cm, 4.9 x 7.2 in.
ISBN: 978-3-442-22116-5
€ 9.99 [D] | € 10.30 [A] | CHF 14.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Goldmann

Date of publication: June 22, 2015
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Varda  Hasselmann - Weighing the Soul


A spiritual novel about guilt and forgiveness

Walburga Burgl Eichner, a 17-year-old farmer’s daughter, is engaged by Dr. Mengele to be a nurse’s aide in Auschwitz to care for babies in his twins ward. She has known nothing other than the Nazi doctrines her whole life, and so she does not question what is happening there. Four months later, the camp is disbanded. She herself never did anything cruel – and yet she was a part of the system of evil there. Tormented by guilt, shame and fear, she trusts no one and becomes a hard, lonely woman. She hopes to get some relief from her sins by making a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, but she would have to break her silence in the confessional … Might she be found unworthy on the soul-weighing scales, which according to age-old belief determines which souls are saved and which are condemned? Can a person be guilty and innocent at the same time? Is silence sometimes more compassionate than the truth?

In her historically well-researched novel Varda Hasselmann poses questions about the spiritual dimension of debt and forgiveness.

•A moving story about a burdensome fate in the war generation

•What the soul needs for true forgiveness


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