Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 87. Florian Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Florian waits impatiently for Alfred to arrive. He also wonders about Joana, and whether she will come for him. Florian looks at a German propaganda flyer he found outside the movie house about Good and Bad Germans. Florian believes that “the labels were currently applied in reverse.” Florian knows that as more time passes the more likely it becomes that Lange will have found him out. He has a sudden thought that Erich Koch might be waiting on the docks for him.
Because he so seriously misjudged Dr. Lange, Florian remains wary of trusting new people. A Prussian who never bought into Nazi propaganda, Florian does not believe that he is a “bad German” for refusing to support the Nazi party. Instead, he thinks the Bad Germans are those who refused to think for themselves and bought into the hateful philosophy of the Nazis. 
Themes
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