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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Drama | History | War

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

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14 November 1990 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Europa Europa  »

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Box Office

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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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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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an incredible life and death adventure
23 August 1999 | by (Ephrata, PA 17522) – See all my reviews

This has absolutely got to be one of the best movies dealing not only with World War II, but also with the Holocaust. It tells a most incredible and almost unbelievable story with so many amazing twists of fate for young Solomon Perel. It is one of the few films that I feel puts a very personal face on what it was like during WW II. If you know German you will find the actual German dialogue to be particularly fascinating, especially the scenes in the elite Hitler Jugend school. The line where he says, "I was very confused..." is the understatement of any film ever made. I consider this film a "MUST SEE" if you are a member of the human race. If you are a student of German or of German history, then it is even more than a "MUST SEE"!


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