Beautiful Souls Setting & Symbolism

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Special Permission papers

Special Permission papers were written and signed by Paul Gruninger, and are symbolic of the defiance of unjust laws. The Special Permission papers allowed Jewish refugees to remain in Switzerland during World War II, despite Swiss laws that forbade the taking in of Jews. Gruninger’s signing of Special Permission papers saved countless Jewish lives, but resulted in his being fired from his job as head of state police in St. Gallen.

CDs

Certificates of Deposit (CDs) are time deposits of money with high rates of return sold from Stanford to investors, and symbolize Leyla Wydler’s unwillingness to put money over people. Leyla refused to sell to Stanford investors because she did not trust how well the CDs were doing, and as a result, was fired. Leyla’s suspicions about the CDs were later confirmed when Stanford was exposed as a Ponzi scheme.

Avner's letter

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