The Sunflower On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness By Simon Wiesenthal Reviewed by Geoffrey W. Sutton This book, The Sunflower, offers a challenging story by Holocaust survivor, Simon Wiesenthal and I recommend it to all interested in the subject of forgiveness and its conceptual neighbour, reconciliation. In the year 1943, Simon Wiesenthal is in a Nazi concentration camp. He is sent to work in a German army hospital. He is called to attend to a Nazi soldier who wants forgiveness from a Jew for being part of the murder of 300 Jews by setting fire to a building then shooting those who jumped from windows as they tried to escape. Following his confessional story, the German asks forgiveness. Wiesenthal leaves the room without a word. The next day, he learns the soldier died and left his belongings to him but Wiesenthal refuses to take them. Wiesenthal ruminates then invites people to respond to his dilemma--should he have forgiven the soldier? Following is a quote
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