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Europa Europa (1990)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel / Josef 'Jupp' Peters
André Wilms ...
Soldier Robert Kellerman
Ashley Wanninger ...
Gerd
Klaus Abramowsky ...
Salomon's Father
Michèle Gleizer ...
Salomon's Mother
Delphine Forest ...
Inna Moyseyevna
René Hofschneider ...
Isaak Perel - Salomon's brother
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Leni
Hanns Zischler ...
Captain von Lerenau Hauptmann.
Martin Maria Blau ...
Ulmayer
Bernhard Howe ...
Feldwebel
Klaus Kowatsch ...
Schulz
Holger Kunkel ...
Kramer
Halina Labonarska ...
Leni's Mother
Andrzej Mastalerz ...
Zenek Dracz
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Storyline

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

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14 November 1990 (France)  »

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$5,575,738 (USA)
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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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At one point Salomon narrowly misses being killed in an air-raid, which kills his roommate. Rather than show a World War II aircraft, or even a bomber, stock footage shows a single C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, which was not even designed until many years after the war. See more »

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Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel: The landowners and the bourgeois keep the people in ignorance. They encourage religious superstitions, and with the help of the popes, priests and rabbis they smother all revolutionary instinct. That's why we call religion the opium of the masses.
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If you want the truth, read the book
23 May 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

OK, I saw "Europa, Europa" in the theater for the first time about 7 or 8 years ago. I always thought it was an amazing story about a young Jewish boy-man who survives WW2 masquerading as a Hitler-Jugend. I was moved to tears at the end of the story (but I won't give away how it ends). Anyway comparisons to Schindler's List and other movies are inevitable.

But I was so intrigued by Solomon Perel's story that I checked the book "Europa, Europa" out of the library and read it for myself. Now having read the book, I watched the movie again and I can tell you that many facts and details of Solly's life were changed to make the movie more dramatic and concise. "Europa, Europa" the movie was not in anyway described as a documentary, so you can take the dramatic moments with a grain of salt. They rewrote most of it in the process of making the movie. I don't know if these alterations were done with Perel's knowledge or permission. But he is shown at the end of the film, so he must have known that the movie was being made. All I can say is, the real truth is even more amazing than the fiction. Read the book for yourself and see what I mean!


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