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:
Solomon Perel ...
Salomon Perel heute (as Salomon Perel)
Salomon Perel jung
René Hofschneider ...
Piotr Kozlowski ...
Klaus Abramowsky ...
Michèle Gleizer ...
Marta Sandrowicz ...
Nathalie Schmidt ...
Delphine Forest ...
Andrzej Mastalerz ...
Martin Maria Blau ...
Wlodzimierz Press ...
Stalin's Sohn
Klaus Kowatsch ...
Holger Kunkel ...
Bernhard Howe ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 November 1990 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Europa Europa  »

Box Office


$5,575,738 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julie Delpy did not speak German and performed her role in English and was later dubbed over. See more »


When Salomon rides his bike through the sheet of glass he cycles on past the shoe shiner, in the next shot he has fallen off his bike lying in the glass 6-8 feet in front of the shoe shiner. See more »


Goethke: The composition of Jewish blood is totally different from ours. The Jew has a high forehead, a hooked nose, a flat back of the head, ears that stick out, and he has an ape-like walk. His eyes are shifty and cunning. He never looks you in the eye. He waves his hands about, makes exaggerated gestures, and he fawns before you, but the minute your back is turned he leaps at your throat! The Nordic man is the gem of this Earth. He's the most glowing example of the joy of creation. He is not only the...
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Amazing but true tale of strength and the will to live
5 August 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This story is made even more amazing since it is based on fact. The real Solomon Perel has quite a story to tell. I have also read the book, and the movie is a bit factually inaccurate, but it is still tremendously well-made.

Young Solly is played by a beautiful young actor named Marco Hoffschneider. His good looks and charm are part of what get him to convince the Gestapo that he is not a Jew, but an ethnic German. But Solly has much more getting him through this ordeal. His determination and strength of spirit, plus blinding will to live, and perhaps the youthful exuberance of being able to accomplish it, help him to pull off the charade. The young boy speaks several languages, and is able to use this skill to convince Nazi soldiers that he is not Jewish. The soldiers adopt him as a sort of "mascot." Solly is careful not to show his circumcised penis to anyone, including the German girl he falls in love with. Fate is also on his side, since several times when it seemed he might be found out, the hand of a higher power intervenes.

This is an engrossing film, sad and funny. Perhaps Solomon Perel is ashamed that he lived with the enemy to save his life, but, he is alive today to tell his story. The real Solomon Perel makes a brief appearance at the end.

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