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  • In the simple yet poignant end scene, the real Salomon Perel sings a Hebrew prayer

    • by Brooke Weber
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      “Europa Europa” (1990) is the true story of Salomon Perel (beautifully played by Marco Hofschneider), a young German Jew who tries to survive World War II and the Holocaust. Perel moves first to Poland, leaves when war breaks out, is brought to a Russian orphanage, then taken in by Germans on the Eastern Front where

      he becomes a war hero, and is finally sent to an elite school which trains Hitler Youth. As Perel shifts between identities, several questions are raised for the viewer, including whether or not Perel has betrayed his family and people. Other issues are the importance of identity (especially when coming of age) and common humanity.

      Several of the most stirring scenes involve Perel confiding in two characters his true identity and being accepted. In the simple yet poignant end scene, the real Salomon Perel sings a Hebrew prayer: “How sweet it is to sit with one’s brothers.” It is here that we finally feel the true agony and heartbreak ...


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      Perel experienced with the loss of not only his own people, but also those who showed him kindness and gave him a chance at survival. While Perel’s story of survival is unique and icredible, it is clear that similar emotions of loss, grief, and sense of identity were felt by Jew, German, Nazi, Pole, and
      Russian alike. Unlike most Holocaust or war movies which set one group against the other in a good versus evil scenario, “Europa Europa” reveals the good and evil in all people, no matter what side they take. In the end, we are simply humans.

      Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Languages are German, Polish, and Russian.




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Erika Dumdum says :

How is this movie related to world war II?

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Nitesh Mainaly says :

Well, it takes place during WWII. The main character, Solek, disguises himself as an Aryan Nazi to escape persecution.

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