Book: "Pearls of Ash & Awe" & 21st Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat



20 Years of Bearing Witness in Auschwitz with Bernie Glassman & the Zen Peacemakers

In 1996, Zen Master Bernie Glassman went to bear witness at Auschwitz-Birkenau for the first time – together with 150 other people from ten nations. Ever since, peacemakers from many cultures and religions all over the world have joined this retreat each year.

In the infamous place where the mechanized murder of more than a million people took place, participants not only encountered the horrors of the past but also explored the limits of their own humanity, examining how they themselves deal with the “Other”. For many, it was an inter-faith “plunge” that pierced deeply and transformed their lives.

This book compiles the testimonies of more than 70 participants over the two decade span of the retreat. Those who wish not just to comprehend the events of the Holocaust, but also to confront its challenges to spirit and heart, will find themselves moved and inspired by these honest stories. They encourage all of us to open up and expand our understanding of what humanity truly is and can be.

Edited by Kathleen Battke (D). Inspired and co-edited by Ginni Stern (USA) and Andrzej Krajewski (PL)

  • Bilingual Edition: English-German
  • Hardcover, ca. 300 pages, ISBN 978-3-942085-47-2
  • Ebook (ePub) ISBN 978-3-942085-50-2

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In 2016, enter and listen at Auschwitz yourself in the 21st Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness rereat Oct 31-Nov 4


Learn more about the purpose, planning and staffing of the ZPO Bearing Witness Retreats Worldwide


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