Other than a Jewish girl loving a Nazi what are three other examples of irony in Summer of My German Soldier?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that there are some ironies in the book outside of the most evident one of a Jewish girl in love with a Nazi.  The fact that Patty's parents, especially her father, displays nothing but hostility towards his daughter's feelings is akin to the repression and social disdain that Germans felt towards people of the Jewish persuasion in Germany.  Now, the roles are reversed, but the feelings of intolerance are still present.  The town's reaction to the prisoner escaping is also reminiscent of Nazi Germany, where people are told to get guns and essentially, "hunt down" Anton.  In the bastion of free thought and free expression, traits of Nazi Germany are still quite evident and present in daily life.  Finally, the reaction to Patty's love of the German soldier is interesting to note.  Being greeting with racial epithets and insults is the response that Patty receives.  This is ironic because America entered World War II, for the most noble of readings, to stop racism, discrimination, and the persecution of people for their individual beliefs and preferences.  Yet, this is the state of affairs for Patty when others find out about her own loves and preferences.  The "other" that was targeted and marginalized in Nazi Germany is now experiencing the same in the South.

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