A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Solomon Perel ...
Salomon Perel heute (as Salomon Perel)
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Salomon Perel jung
René Hofschneider ...
Isaak
Piotr Kozlowski ...
David
Klaus Abramowsky ...
Vater
Michèle Gleizer ...
Mutter
Marta Sandrowicz ...
Bertha
Nathalie Schmidt ...
Basia
Delphine Forest ...
Inna
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Zenek
Martin Maria Blau ...
Ulmayer
Wlodzimierz Press ...
Stalin's Sohn
Klaus Kowatsch ...
Schulz
Holger Kunkel ...
Kramer
Bernhard Howe ...
Feldwebel
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A Jewish boy, separated from his family in the early days of WWII, poses as a German orphan and is thereafter taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually made a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In the tradition of Voltaire's Candide and Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird.

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Rated R for mature treatment of holocaust issues | See all certifications »

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14 November 1990 (France)  »

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Europa Europa  »

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$5,575,738 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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The film met with a lukewarm reception in its native Germany, with the local media being less than complementary about it. The German Oscar selection committee did not even include it as a submission for that year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Much embarrassment ensued when it went on to become one of the most successful German films ever released in the US, winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. See more »

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In the classroom scene, where the teacher is demonstrating racial profiling techniques on Peters using calipers to measure his head, the calipers sometimes move and produce no sounds. Other times sounds are heard when the calipers aren't moving. Also, many of the sounds that are heard are inconsistent with the sounds that instruments like these should produce and how they should be properly used. See more »

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Isaak Perel - Salomons brother: It is written that a son never leaves his parents in difficult times.
Solomon's Father: It is also written that the son must obey his parents. And it is also your duty to watch over your brother.
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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Absolutely stunning!
23 March 2004 | by (Istanbul, Turkey) – See all my reviews



Hitlerjunge Salomon a.k.a. Europa Europa is probably one of the best films ever made. It delivers hard-to-believe scenes quite often, but knowing it's based on a true story, it just becomes more and more fascinating. It's impossible not to admire the courage and the persistence of Salomon Perel. And a subtle depiction of his real life experiences has given us an adorable movie. I'm personally a fan of Holocaust movies in general, but this one is just special. Fear, anxiety, love, hate, friendship.. Basically, life itself! I really admire Jewish people for enduring this neverending hatred against them; and I admire the Germans who are not afraid to put the magnifying glass on their ancestors' dirty deeds by making such marvellous movies about The Second World War. Nothing much to say about the acting. This is one of the very few movies that the casting is just right, and everyone's the best actor of the movie. Language adaptation could be mentioned as a minor flaw of the movie. There must be enough suitable German, Polish, and Russian actors to play their own countrymen. I wonder why they used foreign actors and thus dubbing instead. In spite of this fact, the movie is simply magnificent, and deserves every kind of praise there is.

10/10


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