Simon Wiesenthal’s “The Sunflower” Reflection

At the end of the story “The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness,” Wiesenthal asks his reading audience, “What would you have done?” Answer this question.

Simon Wiesenthal recounts his time as a prisoner in a concentration camp. He described the living conditions there and a particular incident when he was brought to the bed of a dying Nazi SS officer. Karl, the officer, asks Wiesenthal for forgiveness for a specific crime that haunts him. Wiesenthal listens as Karl describes his brief life in detail, including the incident, then leaves the room without granting the dying officer his wish. What would you have done? Would you have forgiven Karl? Or would you, like Wiesenthal, have left the room?