The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

by

Simon Wiesenthal

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on The Sunflower can help.

Bolek Character Analysis

A young Polish man who had been studying to be a Catholic priest before his imprisonment. Simon meets Bolek at his final concentration camp, Mauthausen, over two years after his encounter with Karl. Simon learns of Bolek’s vocation because he still prays—a rarity in the camps. Simon recounts his story to Bolek and asks what he might have done in such a situation. Unlike Simon’s friends, Bolek argues that Simon should have forgiven Karl because he was truly repentant.
Get the entire The Sunflower LitChart as a printable PDF.
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness PDF

Bolek Character Timeline in The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

The timeline below shows where the character Bolek appears in The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1: The Sunflower
Anti-Semitism and Dehumanization Theme Icon
...but the free place could not be hidden. Two days later, a young Pole named Bolek takes the man’s place. He had come from Auschwitz, which had been evacuated. Bolek tells... (full context)
Forgiveness and Compassion Theme Icon
Religion and Moral Truth Theme Icon
One morning, Simon hears Bolek murmuring prayers. Gradually, he learns that Bolek had been training to be a priest. Simon... (full context)
Forgiveness and Compassion Theme Icon
Religion and Moral Truth Theme Icon
Bolek continues, arguing that Karl died in peace because Simon heard his confession. However, he also... (full context)