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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780471172185
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/27/1997
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Solomon Perel is an Israeli author and motivational speaker who was able to escape the wrath of the Nazi regime by pretending to be an ethnic German—even going so far as to join the ranks of the Hitler Youth. The film Europa, Europa was based loosely on his life story.

Margot Bettauer Dembo is an award-winning translator whose credits include translations of works by Judith Hermann, Robert Gernhardt, Joachim Fest, and Ödön von Horváth, among others. She has been recognized with the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize and the Goethe-Institut/Berlin Translator’s Prize.

Christopher David is an actor and a voiceover artist with experience in theatre, film, and audiobook narration. Also a business professional, he earned his MBA from Bowling Green State University. He believes travel is the best inspiration, writes in his spare time, and currently resides in Ohio.

Table of Contents

Flight to the East.

With the Wehrmacht.

To Brunswick.

Hitler Youth Perjell.



To Lodz.

Into the Ghetto.

Riding the Streetcar.

War's End.


From Brunswick to Israel.


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"The sheer emotion of telling the tale is palpable. The whole is moving, and strange beyond belief."—The Times (London)

"It is a holocaust memoir that is moving, straightforward and quite completely bizarre, unsettling all kinds of assumptions about identity, responsibility, and guilt."—Glasgow Herald

"An engrossing and memorable tale."—Jewish Book World

"This book will move human hearts."—Berliner Morgenpost

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