Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 128. Joana Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
In the maternity ward, Emilia tells Joana she’s named the baby Halinka, after her mother, Halina’s nickname. 
By naming her baby after her mother, Emilia fully welcomes Halinka into her family.
Themes
Memory and Survival  Theme Icon
The blonde Nazi returns to the maternity ward. Koch has written back and has a message for Florian. Curious, Joana asks about it. It says, “Have Beck contact me directly. Tell DRL dead. Keys needed. Urgent.”  
Joana asks about the message because she still cares about Florian’s wellbeing. Although Joana doesn’t fully understand the message, readers understand that Dr. Lange has died, and although Koch knows the keys are missing, he does not necessarily suspect Florian of having stolen them and defected.
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Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon