Europa!Europa! is the award-winning true story of Solomon Perel, a Jewish teenager living in Germany during World War II. Violently separated from his family, he fights to survive against tremendous odds while keeping his identity secret. He escapes to Poland where he is rescued by the Soviets and educated in the Communist version of the "Hitler Youth", the Komsomel. He spends several years there and becomes a Communist, but he is clearly confused and unsure of just how virtuous the Communists are. They seem to him to be just as intolerant as the Nazis. When Germany invades Poland he is captured by the Nazis, and he reveals that he is not Russian but actually a German. However, he does not reveal that he is a Jew. He becomes a Russian translator for the German army and befriends a fellow soldier, a kind friend who is a homosexual and knows that he is also not accepted. Solomon learns that some people were fighting simply out of patriotism and duty to country, and not because of hatred. Still, he continues seeking a way to escape and reconnect with his family. He becomes a hero and is sent back to Germany to be educated as a "Hitler Youth", where he falls in love and makes new friends. This is also where he learns just how prejudiced and hateful the Germans were towards the Jews,and he is faced with the realization that these firnedly people would kill him if they knew who he really was.
The review of this Movie prepared by Danielle Petty