The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

by

Simon Wiesenthal

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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness: Dorothee Soelle Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Soelle writes that she has two contradictory replies, which she finds that Simon also makes: “No, I cannot forgive you,” and “Yes, I can believe your remorse.” As a German, she thinks, she may not have the right to say anything besides “no,” but as a Christian, she cannot separate herself from an instinct of “yes.” She does not know which she might have said.
Simon’s kindness does imply belief in the sincerity of Karl’s remorse, even if he doesn’t implicitly forgive him. Soelle also becomes another in the list of Christian respondents who would have forgiven (even though she hesitates to stand firm on her answer because she is German).
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