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An Amazing Saga of Duplicitous Existence,
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This review is from: Europa, Europa (History) (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.