Europa, Europa by Solomon Perel

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This is the powerful memoir of Solomon Perel, who survived the Holocaust by hiding his Jewish identity and becoming a member of the Hitler Youth. This book was the basis of Agnieska Hollands's award-winning film, Europa, Europa. Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, it is an important and controversial contribution to a better understanding of the complexity of life under the Nazis.
 

About Solomon Perel

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Solomon Perel is a businessman in Tel Aviv, Israel.
 
Published May 27, 1997 by Wiley. 232 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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An epilogue touches on Perel's cathartic, present-day encounters with Jews and Nazis (he now lectures about fascism), but the weight of this memorable psychological thriller lies in the interior drama.

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Publishers Weekly

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Perel's involving if vexing memoir, dramatized in a film of the same name, deals with the years the author spent hiding his Jewish identity.

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Entertainment Weekly

It would be difficult to imagine a story of Holocaust survival more absurd or miraculous — or more tailor-made for the movies — than that of Solomon Perel, the true-life hero of Europa, Europa, which has been packing select urban art houses and is about to receive a vigorous national release.

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Solly's double life is a nightmarish joke: In one of the film's key sequences, he sobs real tears when he and his fellow Hitler Youth receive the news that the Nazis have been defeated at Stalingrad.

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Time Out New York

Although both look and subject matter are familiar - from Mephisto and The Tin Drum - Agnieska Holland's war story is all the more unsettling for being true.

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Time Out New York

Although both look and subject matter are familiar - from Mephisto and The Tin Drum - Agnieska Holland's war story is all the more unsettling for being true.

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From André_Wilms as the gay actor-turned-Nazi officer who nurtures young Perel to the superb Julie_Delpy as the Aryan girl whose willfulness and pique are elevated to manifest destiny under Hitler's rule, the large international cast brings to life the varied personal stories that are sometimes m...

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Full Summary >> Cast: Marco Hofschneider - (Young Solomon Perel) Films such as Judgment at Nuremberg have chronicled the crisis of conscience that afflicted ordinary Germans after World War II;

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