Europa Europa (1990)
A Film from the Artur Brauner Collection at Our Library
Salomon and his parents flee to Łódź to escape Nazi pogroms and discrimination. After the German invasion of Poland, his parents send him further east to a Russian orphanage, where he is raised as a Komsomol – a member of the youth organization of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. When the German army attacks the Soviet Union as well in 1941, Salomon claims to be an "ethnic German" and winds up in an elite school for Hitler Youth. Here, he falls in love with Leni, a staunch "Aryan," and at the same time lives in constant fear of being discovered.
This film about a Jewish boy's childhood is based on the memories of Solomon Perel, who was born in Peine in 1925 and appears on screen in the epilogue. Internationally, the film earned wide acclaim and received numerous awards. Nevertheless, the German Committee did not nominate it for an Academy Award, drawing broad criticism.
Starring Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, and Hanns Zischler. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.