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 <email@example.com>
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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 »
Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel:
From that moment on, I decided to be only a Jew. Leaving Europe I emigrated to Palestine, and when I had sons, I barely hesitated to circumcise them.
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When, this summer, I saw "Saving Private Ryan", I was immediately reminded of this film. Using the same kind of camera angles that got Spielberg praise in "Ryan", we see the hollowness of the war-torn psyche and the brutality that emerges in people during warfare. We see hideous indoctrination that the German youth were subjected to, giving them depth beyond a few simple lines. Most of all, however, we see the absurdity inherent in such a large scale, world-shattering conflict. The film communicates its message with a clarity that makes one almost uneasy. As good as "Ryan" was, this is better.
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