A six-year-old boy with whom Simon had become acquainted in the Lemberg ghetto before Simon was moved to the camps. Eli has a keen sense of survival, picking up crumbs from windowsills that had been left for the birds. He stays home on the day other children are taken to “kindergarten,” where in fact they are sent to the gas chambers. After Karl tells Simon the story of the burning family, Simon dreams of Eli and is haunted by the thought of him as a bloody heap.
Eli Character Timeline in The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
The timeline below shows where the character Eli 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