It also provides a model of truth and justice by allowing Karl to deal and face the consequences of his actions. The final reason for forgiveness is true repentance. My response is that Simon Wiesenthal did the right thing by keeping his silence when the Nazi soldier asked for forgiveness.
He was not in a position and had no right to forgive the SS man, Karl, for his murders of other people. Their passiveness was a decision they made and in making this decision they participated in the Holocaust. I feel that Simon Wiesenthal did the right thing by walking away in silence.
Flannery, a Roman Catholic priest, says that one should be forgiven if he sincerely repents. In some instances, these scholars display a great capacity for compassion and love.
With this in mind, I do not think it was fair for the soldier to ask Wiesenthal or any Jew the nurse pulled off the street for forgiveness. Simon is in a Nazi concentration camp with his companions, Arthur and Josek, during the Holocaust.
As for knowing what his heart and soul feels, only God knows that and, therefore, only God has the ability to truly forgive him.
The Nazi wanted to die with a clean, or at least clearer conscience. And as long as there are people who live with hatred and prejudices, we let the sunflowers thrive.
It had been turned into a hospital. The act of digging deeper to find solutions begins to define what makes us human. Some people in special situations are asked to dig deeper into their hearts, souls, and minds to find solutions or answers to these situations. He discusses it with his friends in the concentration camp and comes to no satisfactory resolution.
What I had never pondered is the chance that someone might ask me forgiveness for something wrong they have done to someone else. The soldier was a man who was facing his end, he needed to get his sins off his chest, this is understandable.
He acted as a confessor by listening to Karl and then leaving him to deal with his sins, his victims, and his crimes. To this dying man he alone is looked upon as if the sole representative of his Jewish people. But what had he done to entitle himself to so distinct a privilege?The soldier proceeds to tell Wiesenthal the horrific details of his career as a Nazi.
Consumed by the guilt of innocent blood he has shed, the Nazi turns to Wiesenthal and asks him for forgiveness on behave of all the Jews he had slaughtered/5(2).
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by: Simon Wiesenthal’s book The Sunflower is a true story of Simon as a Jewish prisoner and his journey through one of history’s most difficult and trying events, the Holocaust. a nurse approaches him and asks him if he is a Jew.
Simon answers yes and is taken to a room which used to be his Dean’s.Download