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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; New Ed edition (3 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471283649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471283645
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The Inspiration Behind The Golden Globe —Winning Film "An engrossing and memorable tale."Jewish Book World "The sheer emotion of telling the tale is palpable. The whole is moving, and strange beyond belief." —The Times (London) International acclaim for Solomon Perel′s Europa Europa "The wrenching memoir of a young man who survived the Holocaust by concealing his Jewish identity and finding unexpected refuge as a member of the Hitler Youth. "It is a Holocaust memoir that is moving, straightforward, and quite completely bizarre, unsettling in all kinds of assumptions about identity, responsibility, and guilt." —Glasgow Herald "Perel bares his soul to readers in this fascinating, unusual personal narrative of the Holocaust." —Book Report "Many of the experiences of Holocaust survivors are incredible. None is more incredible than the story of a Jewish boy, Solomon Perel, who escaped from Germany to Russia, served with the Wehrmacht in Russia, was adopted by his commanding officer, and transferred to an elite Hitler Youth school." —London Jewish News "A most remarkable story . . . extraordinary." —The Australian "This book will move human hearts." —Berliner Morgenpost

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Perel's story is amazing and will capture the reader from the very first page. Stripped of the dramatized scenes invented for the movie of the same name, "Europa,Europa" is a tower of strength and encouragment on its own. It is a must read for anyone who struggled in their life. Perel's account of his harrowing survival as a Jew deep in the Nazi machine of racial hatred is honest and sincere and makes no attempts to soften the truth or the pain of his situation. Perel led a double life to honor his parents and family and to keep their spirits alive through his own survival. He was inspired continually by the demand of his mother, "You must stay alive!" Perel's story telling is simple and unclouded. His doesn't need any fancy literary genre to accurately relate his compelling story. The plain, simple facts of his story are compelling enough on their own. Read "Europa, Europa." You will not be able to get the story out of your mind. It will touch your life in a positive way and
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
'Europa, Europa’ written by Solomon Perel is an amazing story of survival of young Jew in Nazi Germany who instead of hiding from those who have been relentlessly persecuted people of his faith, decided to do just the opposite - join them hiding behind different identity.

The fact that today we read a book written by him confirms that Solomon in his incredible venture succeeded, while his adventures are in same time exciting and sad, emotional, though sometimes psychologically confusing for the reader, but the author himself.

Solomon Perel was born in 1925 and grew up in a small German town Peine in which his parents came as refugees after the revolution in Russia. Solomon was extremely attached to his family, parents, his two brothers and sister, and although after moving into a new environment they didn’t experienced overly warm welcome by German Jews, ordinary Germans have embraced warmly and family lived a quiet civil life earning with a shoe store run by father.

With the arrival of the Nazis to power, the situation for Jews literally begins to change day by day for the worse, and after several years of persecution, first in the form of psychological harassment and disruption of business, and soon after with the violence, the family decided to move to Poland.

Although it would seem that in this way they managed to save the family peace and happiness it was only for a short time because on September 1st 1939 Germans attacked Poland and soon occupied Lodz, the city where the family settled down after exile from Germany.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Solomon Perel's story is unique. His acceptance by the Nazis as an "ethnic German" leads to a double existence - a jingoistic Hitler Youth on the outside, and a pensive tortured Jew on the inside. It is this battle between "Jupp" and "Solly" that captures the reader; and it is quite clear that even Mr. Perel himself has yet to integrate these two contradicting personalities. Europa, Europa admirably describes the experiences of Solly Perel, and continually amazes with its remarkable developments and stunning coincidences. In the end, the story best illustrates the irrationality of racial hatred. While his Nazi acquaintances held Jupp in great esteem, the same individuals would have surely killed Solly without much thought.
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