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WHAT DOES FORGIVENESS MEAN?

Erich Maria Remarque (author of All Quiet On The Western Front) once told the following story: During the confusion of an infantry attack, a soldier plunged into an out-of-the-way shell hole. There he found a wounded enemy. The sight of the man with his fatal wound moved him so, that he gave him a swallow from his canteen. Through this bit of human kindness, a certain brotherly bond immediately sprang up between them The bond became deeper as they tried to chat a bit. The dying man obviously wanted to talk about his wife and children on whom his last thoughts centered. He pointed to his shirt pocket. Understanding this gesture correctly, the German soldier extracted a wallet from it and took out a few family pictures. The gaze of the wounded man wandered over them with sadness and infinite love. The German soldier was deeply touched at that; minutes ago he would have stabbed the enemy with his bayonet; minutes ago all of his battle instincts were unleashed, as was natural in an attack. ...

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