Thi argument comes from a place of pain which is understandable considering

Thi argument comes from a place of pain which is

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isn’t capable of actual forgiveness because he, himself, was not killed by the Nazis. This argument comes from a place of pain, which is understandable considering Sven’s background. His point isn’t logically valid because Simon is a victim in a very different sense of the word -- hey may not be dead, but he is very much traumatized. Just because he isn’t dead, doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been oppressed by the Germans and scarred by the horrors of the Holocaust.With that being said, Simon is able to forgive this man because he is a Holocaust victim, the only
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difference is that he is one of few who actually survived. Take a second and put yourself into the shoes of the SS soldier seeking forgiveness. Imagine the feelings of self-disgust and self-hatred knowing that you have done such wrongful actions towards someone else. If we were in a situation of guilt and repentance, we would wish to be forgiven too. In the story it says “Many young Germans of my age die daily on the battlefields. They have fought against an armed enemy and have fallen in the fight, but I… I am left here with my guilt. In the last hours of my life you are with me. I do not know who you are, I only know that you are a Jew and that is enough” (Wiesenthal, 54). All the poor desperate soldier wanted to do was be forgiven, just like we would want to if we were in that situation. That’s why Simon should have forgiven him.
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  • Summer '16
  • Starnes
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, forgiveness, Repentance, Dalai Lama, Waffen-SS

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