Theme of Remembrance

Theme of Remembrance
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  • Simon Wiesenthal highlights in the Sunflower that a lack of remembrance of the Holocaust will lead people to commit similar atrocities in the future.
  • Do you remember the Holocaust?
  • Of course I do, if we ever forget about it, the same thing will happen in the future!
  • Wiesenthal's Symposium in the Sunflower reveals that forgiveness and remembrance are closely connected.
  • Mom, remember when I left the oven open and almost started a fire?
  • Yes I do, and I forgive you for that. But please remember to not do that again.
  • Wiesenthal states that time is responsible for forgetting.
  • Remember when I accidentally broke your glasses a few weeks ago?
  • Oh yeah, I forgot about that. It's okay, I have contacts anyways.
  • In Wiesenthal's, "The Sunflower" a common theme of the story is remembrance. Many people in Wiesenthal's symposium argue that forgiving is often a signal to future criminals that it is okay to do these types of atrocities, and that they can act without fear or punishment.
  • According to The Dalai Lama, a contributor to the Symposium, one should forgive and never forget. People of modern society should be aware and always remember these types of devastating events so that efforts can be made to prevent the recurrence of such atrocities.
  • Simon worries that forgiveness would mean that people would forget what had happened to the Jews in the war. It is important to know that over time events tend to be lost or forgotten due to the lack of spread of the Holocaust. In writing the Sunflower, Simon's goal was to make sure that no one forgets about the horrific events that occurred all those years ago.
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