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Europa Europa (1990)

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 & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Solomon Perel ...
Salomon Perel heute (as Salomon Perel)
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Salomon Perel jung
René Hofschneider ...
Isaak
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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
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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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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)  »

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$5,575,738 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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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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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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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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