A high-ranking Nazi official tasked with overlooking East Prussia. A real person, in the book he collaborates with Florian and Dr. Lange to repair and consolidate European art and artifacts stolen by the Nazis. He appears primarily in Florian’s memories of the past for the first two thirds of the novel, but nearly exposes Florian’s true identity in the final chapters. The Blonde Nazi who checks Florian’s papers as he boards the Wilhelm Gustloff is suspicious of Florian, and so sends a wire to Koch verifying that he knows the teenager. Koch responds that he does, but also wants to know where the key to the Amber Room is, causing Florian to fear that Koch will track him down.
Gauleiter Erich Koch Character Timeline in Salt to the Sea
The timeline below shows where the character Gauleiter Erich Koch appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Lange was not as wonderful as he seemed. For starters, he collaborated with Gauleiter Erich Koch, a high-ranking Nazi official. Additionally, one day Florian was in a back room and found... (full context)
...later Florian found his unopened letters in Dr. Lange’s drawer. This is when he realized “Koch and Lange weren’t saving the treasures of Europe. They were stealing them. And, unknowingly, I... (full context)
...in the military. Florian gives him the medical testimony, and the forged document from Gauleiter Koch. The soldier is angry that Florian did not provide him with all of his papers... (full context)