Forgiveness In Simon Wiesenthal's 'The Sunflower'

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The Sunflower Essay Aya Zbedah Forgiveness, forgetting and remembering are very important key factors in everyone’s life. They can change the outcome of both those forgiving and being forgiven. One has to choose whether or not they deserve it considering the crime they have committed against that person. In “The Sunflower”, a dying Nazi Soldier asks Simon Wiesenthal a life-changing question, his forgiveness for the crime he has committed. Later in the end of the story Simon poses four questions; “Was my silence at the beside of the dying Nazi right or wrong? Did I even have the right to forgive? What moral obligation do we have to remember? What should I have done? I personally think that it wasn’t necessarily wrong for Simon to be silent on the Nazi’s bedside. What could Simon say really since this young man was asking for something that Simon couldn’t really give him? If he had said something it might have hurt the soldier emotionally but it might have been good for Simon to let out his feelings. This soldier was also asking at a particularly bad time. He’s afraid of death and wants to feel somewhat relieved knowing that someone can forgive him for what he has done.…show more content…
We must somehow earn it. Deathbed conversations are dramatic but in many instances they are too easy.” Wiesenthal, Simon. "Symposium." The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Newly Expanded Paperback Edition). Rev Exp Su ed. New York: Schocken, 1998. 125. Print. I agree one hundred percent with everything he said because he is right; forgiveness has to be earned not taken advantage over. Yes Simon had every right to forgive but could he have done so, was it his power to forgive? One should forgive the person or persons who have committed atrocities against one and mankind, but this doesn’t necessarily mean one should forget about the atrocities

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