Agnieszka Holland′s film tells the of a Jewish boy in the Third Reich that is based on the recollections of Salomon Perel who is also seen in this movie. Salomon′s sister dies when Nazis attack Jewish shops in Peine. Then, Salomon′s parents send him and his brother Isaak to Lodz, where Salomon is separated from his brother and raised in an orphanage by members of the Komsomol. After Nazi Germany′s invasion of Russia, Salomon poses as an Aryan German and attends a school for Hitler Youth elites. Under the constant threat of being found out, he falls in love with Leni, a staunch "Aryan".