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.
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