“Jupp Has Remained Inside Me” – Identity in the Story of Shlomo Perel


In this lesson, students will learn the stories of Josef (Jupp) Perjell, a Voldsdeutsche (ethnic German) student of a Hitler Youth boarding school and eventually a German soldier, as well as Shlomo Perel, a young Jew. The remarkable thing is that these two people are actually one and the same individual! This lesson features an interactive diary with short clips taken from the full length testimony “Because You Must Live” – The Story of Shlomo (Solly) Perel. By means of the discussion questions regarding Shlomo’s identity that accompany each clip, and an interactive map, students will learn about Shlomo’s complex identity from his childhood, throughout the war, and upon liberation. They will be able to elaborate upon these issues and think of the different identities, albeit on a less dramatic scale, that they may have.

The learner will:

  1. Understand the complexities of personal identity. 

  2. know Shlomo’s story and how he related to his different identities

be able to write a reflective piece about the challenges that Josef encountered, what about his choices resonates with them and why

When you click on the Yad Vashem resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. An interactive tool allowing the students to become acquainted with the topic

  2. Thought provoking questions that will stimulate classroom discussion


-Brief article, dated Feb. 5th, 2023, about Shlomo Perel, upon his passing. 

-The 1990 movie, Europa Europa, is based on Shlomo Perel’s story

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