Adolfo Kaminsky

Adolfo Kaminsky

A Forger's Life

Book - 2016
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Subject of The New York Times documentary "The Forger," winner of a World Press Photo Award and an Emmy Award

As seen on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper

"[An] engrossing literary debut. ... Writing in Adolfo's voice gives this suspenseful narrative candor and immediacy." - Kirkus Reviews

Reader's Choice Award -Elle Magazine, France

Wall Street Journal 's Top 10 Most Anticipated Non-Fiction: Fall Books 2016

"Every resistance movement had its forgers, but few have told their tales. Many, like Kaminsky, were very young technicians and chemists when they began their work. Sarah Kaminsky's affectionate rendering of her father's life, with all the intricacies of his trade, is a book not just about a remarkable craftsman, but a man who strove to save 'every life that was in danger.'" -Times Literary Supplement

Best-selling author Sarah Kaminsky takes readers through her father Adolfo Kaminsky's perilous and clandestine career as a real-life forger for the French Resistance, the FLN, and numerous other freedom movements of the twentieth century. Recruited as a young Jewish teenager for his knowledge of dyes, Kaminsky became the primary forger for the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Then, as a professional photographer, Kaminsky spent the next twenty-five years clandestinelyproducing thousands of counterfeit documents for immigrants, exiles, underground political operatives, and pacifists across the globe. Kaminsky kept his past cloaked in secrecy well into his eighties, until his daughter convinced him to share the details of the life-threatening work he did on behalf of people fighting for justice and peace throughout the world.
Publisher: Los Angeles : DoppelHouse Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780997003475
Branch Call Number: 940.5344 KAM
Characteristics: xvii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Mike - Translator
Alternative Title: Forger's life


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Apr 25, 2017

Today (4/25) there is an amazing 16 minute video on Adolfo Kaminsky in the NYT. Both live with Kaminsky and his daughter, and subdued animation. So I was again reminded of this book. I read it a year or so ago and was gripped by the story - one in a million, or rather, one in six million. Kaminsky as a a teenager got a job working with dyes. He was talented, he was extraordinarily talented. I don't want this to be a spoiler review so suffice to say that he turned his talents to forging ausweiss and ration cards and passports. Thousands were saved. The Nazis were searching for The Forger, and he had some close calls. One of the reasons he survived the Drancy camp near Paris is b/c his family had Argentina papers and the consulate got him out of the camp. And he continued to forge papers.

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