In the beginning of Europa, Europa, Solly is presented as happily Jewish with a family who he loves and cares deeply for but live in Germany at the time the
Nazi regime first came into power. Solly is at first openly Jewish, as the film shows in the beginning, as he is 13 and prepares for his bar mitzvah, which will take place the very next day. During this scene his life is forever changed, as Nazi’s invade his home. After this, Solly and his family make the decision to leave Germany for Poland for safety, marking the first struggle that Jewish people have had to endure which is leaving their past behind in order to ensure the survival of the family. After Solly and his family m...
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...ilate, the troops do not believe him stating that he does not look like a Jew, but is able to convince the troops after being reunited with his brother who was in a concentration camp.
Solly’s journey in Europa, Europa embodies the struggle to survive as a Jew during the time of World War II by disregarding his previous beliefs, re-inventing a new identity for himself, and assimilating into different societies, all while going through an internal struggle of his Jewish identity. Although, he rejects his Jewish beliefs, he does so in order to survive. Even though at times it seemed as though Solly completely abandoned his Jewish heritage, he was able to hang on to his Jewish beliefs. Solly was able to go back to his original identity after re-inventing himself multiple times because he held onto who he was, and did not completely give in to his survival instincts.
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