The Schutzstaffel (SS) was a major paramilitary organization under Hitler and the Nazi Party. Membership was originally open only to people of German origin, a rule that was later relaxed. Members of the SS, like Karl, were involved in numerous atrocities and mass murders of Jews and others.
SS Term Timeline in The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
The timeline below shows where the term SS 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
...whom Germans viewed as useless because they could not work. While the adults labored, the SS rounded up the children and took them away. Adults built hiding places into their homes... (full context)
Lawrence L. Langer
...him, Simon’s encounter with Karl brings to mind an incident involving Heinrich Himmler, the Reichsführer SS and chief of the German police, in which he acknowledged how difficult it must be... (full context)