Florian’s father. He was killed by Nazis after helping create maps for a failed assassination attempt on Hitler. A thoughtful and principled man, who always encouraged Florian to think and create for himself. During their last conversation before Mr. Beck’s execution, he advises his son to make sure that he does not become a traitor. Florian assumes his father is advising him not to be a traitor to his country, but Mr. Beck clarifies that he wants to make sure Florian stays true to himself and his own moral compass, and does not become “a traitor to [his] soul.”
Mr. Beck Character Timeline in Salt to the Sea
The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Beck appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...he wills himself to continue forward. He remembers his mother telling him he’s talented, and his father reminding him “You are Prussian. Make your own decisions, son.” He wonders if his parents... (full context)
...that Hitler has occupied Poland, killing millions of ethnic Poles and Polish Jews. Florian and his father both agreed that Hitler was a coward, but he still has little sympathy for Emilia... (full context)
...unknowingly, I had been helping.” The next day Florian traveled home to Tilsit to ask Florian’s father for advice. When he arrived, a neighbor informed him his father had been killed. (full context)
...forge his own. He thinks back to when he first started drawing, and how proud Florian’s father was of his skill. However, Florian was happy to only make copies, whereas his father... (full context)
...side is visible, even as he considers his sippenhaft, or bloodguilt, an invisible wound. Because his father made maps for an assassination attempt on Hitler, he was hanged. Florian is guilty by... (full context)