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Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky, Adolfo Kaminsky, Mike Mitchell

By Sarah Kaminsky, Adolfo Kaminsky, Mike Mitchell

Trans. Mike Mitchell

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

Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life is "worthy of the easiest undercover agent novels" and tells the tale of Sarah Kaminsky's father, “the genius-forger who dedicated his information and convictions to serve the French Resistance in the course of global warfare II, saving millions of Jewish households, and so on over the process 30 years for numerous motives round the world.”

A unique and touching tale traversing a century in clandestine shadow crossings, the place Adolfo's ability intended life... or death.
- Libération, France

- Haaretz, Israel

Technical prowess, creativity, and self-denial force the plot within the enormously fortunate lifetime of Adolfo Kaminsky narrated during this fascinating historic document.
- Elle journal, France; 2010 Reader's selection Award

Undoubtedly probably the most attractive books of the season.
- Paris Today

A pointed, sober biography ... of 1 of the world's most sensible forgers.
- Der Spiegel

If made right into a movie, the lifetime of Adolfo Kaminsky could have the materials of suspense mystery, warfare motion picture, historic tragedy, intimate drama, romantic comedy and scenes of terror.
- O Globo, Brazil

A exciting book.
- l. a. Repubblica Federal, Italy

Kaminsky has lived, within the shadows, the brightest hours of the Resistance.
- Le Monde

Best-selling writer Sarah Kaminsky takes readers via her father Adolfo Kaminsky's perilous and clandestine profession as a real-life forger for the French Resistance, the FLN, and various different freedom hobbies of the 20th century. Recruited as a tender Jewish teen for his wisdom of dyes, Kaminsky turned the first forger for the French Resistance through the Nazi career of Paris. Then, as a qualified photographer, Kaminsky spent the following twenty-five years clandestinely generating millions of counterfeit records for immigrants, exiles, underground political operatives, and pacifists around the globe. Kaminsky stored his previous cloaked in secrecy good into his eighties, till his daughter confident him to proportion the main points of the life-threatening paintings he did on behalf of individuals struggling with for justice and peace in the course of the world.

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And, I may add, the girls, with whom I took the path to the school across the countryside, singing rounds. There was one, Dora Augier, who was very timid and always stayed close to me. I liked her a lot, but I was careful to avoid running into her father, an old man who looked like a pirate captain because of his wooden leg. There was another boy who, like me, already had his certificate. This was Bragantti, a lively, impish little Italian with whom I immediately hit it off. Since we’d already finished the curriculum the principal, M.

He demonstrated the equipment to me and even other pieces such as a copper vertical microscope I was sure I’d never be in a position to acquire. Out of the corner of his eye, he watched me marvel at every instrument, and he must have taken a liking to me. We talked chemistry. He was very knowledgeable. He had a doctorate in pharmacy. ” I asked timidly. “If you like, I’ll reserve it for you. ” I saved all my wages and, one after another, the different components of the laboratory went to my uncle’s old house.

What is certain is that without that situation, without the war, I would have led the most ordinary of lives. I would have been a dyer, at most a chemist. My training, if I may put it like that, began when I went to live in Vire, in Normandy. I was thirteen. It wasn’t the first time we’d moved. The history of my family is typical of that of most Eastern European Jews during those years: a history of repeatedly being exiled, often by force. My parents, both of them Russian, met in Paris in 1916.

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