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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

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
Andrzej Mastalerz ...
Zenek
Martin Maria Blau ...
Ulmayer
Wlodzimierz Press ...
Stalin's Sohn
Klaus Kowatsch ...
Schulz
Holger Kunkel ...
Kramer
Bernhard Howe ...
Feldwebel
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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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Release Date:

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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When the Russian refugees are fleeing Poland and are strafed by a German fighter plane, the fighter plane is obviously a smaller scale radio controlled model. The airplane resembles a Supermarine Spitfire, an airplane not used by the Germans. See more »

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Rosemarie: [while having sex with Solly] Mein Führer!
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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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