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    Simon Wiesenthal’s memoir, The Sunflower, told the story of Simon when he was trapped in a concentration camp. During his time in the camp, he was told to make a decision of forgiving a SS officer. An officer who Wiesenthal was contributing to his daily torture. Instead of verbally saying he forgave Karl, Simon implied his forgiveness by staying silent. I agree with Wiesenthal’s actions because I have relatable instances from my life that make it understandable. Such as, my parent’s divorce and a close friend’s alcoholic and drug addict father. Although many people such as Harry James Cargas and Nechama Tec believe Karl should not have been forgiven. I can understand their reasoning because when Karl, lying on his death bed, said,…

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    author of The Sunflower, Simon Wiesenthal, went through a sentimental battle. He was a Jew in the Holocaust, while working one day he was taken by a nurse to meet a SS Nazi soldier who was close to death. This SS Nazi soldier surprisingly told Wiesenthal, a Jew in the Holocaust, about all the crimes and death he has done and then he asked for forgiveness for all the people he has killed or potentially hurt. The author Wiesenthal never replied to the plea for forgiveness. Instead, he remained…

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    live with what is left after the tragedy. This is pointed out by Simon Wiesenthal, author of The Sunflower, when he states, “A wise man once said that he Jews were the salt of the earth…and perhaps we were thereby made more resistant” (70). The essence of Wiesenthal’s argument is that Jews are more resilience than other people and are most likely to overcome any situations. If Wiesenthal believed he was the salt of the earth, it would be easier for Wiesenthal to overcome any hurt doing by the…

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    SIMON WIESENTHAL 1908-2005 At the end of World War II, thousands of Nazis who participated in the systematic murder of some 6,000,000 Jews and millions of Gypsies, Poles and other "inferior" peoples, slipped through the Allied net and escaped to countries around the globe, where many still live in freedom. Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of the Nazi death camps, dedicated his life to documenting the crimes of the Holocaust and to hunting down the perpetrators still at large. "When history looks…

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    Nazis weren’t able to kill millions of people and get away with it.” (Simon Wiesenthal) Simon was a Holocaust survivor. After Simon escaped for the camp he wanted to do something memorable. Simon dedicated his life to hunt and prosecute Nazis. Simon didn’t want what the Nazis had done to them to go unpunished. Wouldn’t you want the same? Simon was born on December 31, 1908. Simon’s father was killed during World War I. In 1936 he married Cyla Mueller. Their life together was happy until…

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    Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, Simon Wiesenthal imposes upon his readers to consider the possibility of forgiveness even when individual choices lead to atrocious consequences. Despite questioning his own choice, Wiesenthal’s decision to not grant forgiveness on behalf of murdered Jewish civilians remains ethically acceptable under Judaism. Mindful that the individual experiences of victims during the Holocaust and their sufferings were not unilateral, Wiesenthal shares his…

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    Simon Wiesenthal is a Holocaust survivor; he was born on December 31, 1908, in Buczacz, Galacia. During world war ll, Wiesenthal spent his time in 5 different Nazi concentration and force-labor camps; Janoska, Plaszcow, Grass-Rozen, Buchenwad, and Mauthausen. He was liberated from Mauthausen by the United States Army on May of 1945, after his liberation Wiesenthal was reunited with his wife, Cyla Muller. Wiesenthal joined forces with many organizations in order to pursuit the investigation of…

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    Millions, including Simon Wiesenthal, faced horrendous circumstances as a Nazi prisoner during the Holocaust. While performing slave labor, Wiesenthal receives with an astounding request from an unexpected source, a Nazi SS officer, and faces an unimaginable entreaty. When Simon Wiesenthal awoke each morning in the concentration camp, his primary thoughts were likely on survival and his only concern regarding the SS officers was avoidance. Unbeknownst to him, while performing slave labor at a…

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    When it comes to forgiving those that I love, I do not have a difficult time forgiving them, and this is probably because I love them so much. In his book, The Sunflower, author, Simon Wiesenthal is faced with an SS soldier who asks forgiveness for a horrific crime. Simon was unable to forgive the man; and I too would find it very hard to forgive a Nazi soldier if I were in Wiesenthal’s shoes--how can one forgive…

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    The second part of “The Sunflower”, by Simon Wiesenthal continues with the confession of the SS soldier, Carl, who is laying on his deathbed. Simon has been chosen by the soldier’s nurse, to give him peace, consequently placing him in a very difficult position. Simon thought the soldier could never shock him, for he had witnessed many atrocities during his life, yet, nothing could have prepared him for the detailed murder of Jewish families. There were well over two hundred people, purposely…

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