Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea


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A term used in Nazi Germany to describe the ideal “master race” of Caucasians. A non-scientific category, the idea of the Aryan race was mostly defined by what it was not; Aryans were not Slavic, and they were not Jewish. They were generally stereotyped as being blonde, blue eyed, physically fit, and white.
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Aryan Term Timeline in Salt to the Sea

The timeline below shows where the term Aryan appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
79. Alfred
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...the crowd.    Although disgusted by the “weakness” of Emilia’s tears, Alfred realizes that “she was Aryan, a fine specimen of the master race. She could be saved.” (full context)
83. Emilia
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...but the Poet pushes her forward and points out her pregnancy. Alfred points out her Aryan features, though they make no real impression on the officer. (full context)
109. Florian
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...inspection. This new officer (later referred to as the blonde Nazi) is young, healthy and Aryan. He eyes Florian suspiciously.  (full context)