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The Sunflower Essay

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Jairo 12-19-12 P.6 English 10R The Sunflower
Simon Wiesenthal was born in Poland, December 31, 1908. Simon was a Jew trapped in 7 different concentration camps. He drew pictures of what he saw to recount the horror. Simon was liberated in May 5, 1945. Simon started a club/program to bring Nazis to justice. His main target was Adolf Eichmann; a Nazi who wanted to kill all the Jew’s and used little kids for lab experiments. Simon located him in Argentina. Adolf Eichmann was at trial and pleaded he was not guilty. After the trial Simon wrote a book about Eichmann. Simon didn’t spend time with his daughter since he was busy bringing Nazis to justice. So Simon gave his daughter his telegram, his achievement of bringing Eichmann to justice. Karl (the dying ss man) was a banal catholic boy, but then he joined the Hitler youth. Karl had to obey the platoon leaders. Karl was on a mission to massacre another innocent group of people, but Karl kept having flash backs of the burning family incident. His hands began to tremble and then a shell exploded right in front of him. Karl is in a Reserve Hospital in Lemberg (another name for the hospital is the Technical High school). He was wrapped in bandages from head to toe and looked similar to King Tut. Karl wanted a Jew to confess to. Simon Wiesenthal walked in the room and was talking to Karl. Karl wanted to cleanse himself, he was asking for forgiveness for all the sins he has done. Karl wanted to talk to Simon because he thought he could forgive for the other Jews. Simon just walked out of the room. Karl’s father died in a factory, it was bombed and he passed away only his mother lives. Simon left the Hospital and keeps thinking of the ss man’s crime and if he should have a sunflower. A sunflower symbolized a connection between the living and the dead. Karl isn’t worthy of sympathy and now he regrets it...

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