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Unformatted text preview: Rachel Golub 10/26/07 HIS 328 – Response Paper The Sunflower After reading The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal, it has given me a whole new perspective on the question of forgiveness. The Sunflower is a personal story about an incident that occurred in a concentration camp. What would I have done in Simon’s place? Is forgiveness even an option at this point? While reading the Symposium in Part 2 of The Sunflower , there were many responses that I found to be enlightening. Many favored Simon’s choice, by choosing not to forgive the dying man. Others blamed the dying Nazi soldier for placing a burden on Simon, asking him for forgiveness for things that were done to now-deceased Jews. One response that I found helpful was that of Jean Améry, who escaped only by chance and is now a survivor of the Holocaust. With his final breaths, a dying man asks for forgiveness from a Jew. However, he is left without absolution. Améry looks at it from two different aspects: psychological and political. With the psychological aspect, there is always the question of “what if.” For example, would Simon have been more forgiving if he had seen the sorrow in the man’s eyes, instead of feeling his cold hands...
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course HIST 328 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Rhode Island.
- Fall '07
- The Holocaust