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by Simon Wiesenthal
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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal combines a memoir and a symposium on an event that occurred while he was held captive in a Nazi concentration camp.
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After Karl tells Simon his story, he asks for forgiveness. In response to Karl's question, Simon walks away in silence.
Karl describes the silence he experienced after his father boycotted him for joining the Hitler youth.
Simon went to Karl’s home after the war. When his mother discussed her 'good boy' instead of tarnishing her memory of him, he sat in silence.
Simon discusses the silence of God often with Arthur and Josek. They believe that God is absent in their time of need, thus His silence for the Jewish people.