By Sarah Kaminsky, Adolfo Kaminsky, Mike Mitchell
Trans. Mike Mitchell
- Kirkus Reviews
Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life is "worthy of the simplest 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 struggle II, saving hundreds of thousands of Jewish households, and so forth over the process 30 years for varied explanations round the world.”
A particular 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 intriguing old document.
- Elle journal, France; 2010 Reader's selection Award
Undoubtedly probably the most eye-catching books of the season.
- Paris Today
A pointed, sober biography ... of 1 of the world's top forgers.
- Der Spiegel
If made right into a movie, the lifetime of Adolfo Kaminsky could have the constituents of suspense mystery, battle motion picture, ancient tragedy, intimate drama, romantic comedy and scenes of terror.
- O Globo, Brazil
A exciting book.
- los angeles 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 occupation as a real-life forger for the French Resistance, the FLN, and diverse different freedom activities of the 20 th century. Recruited as a tender Jewish teen for his wisdom of dyes, Kaminsky turned the first forger for the French Resistance in the course of the Nazi career of Paris. Then, as a certified photographer, Kaminsky spent the following twenty-five years clandestinely generating hundreds of thousands of counterfeit files for immigrants, exiles, underground political operatives, and pacifists around the globe. Kaminsky saved his prior 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 combating for justice and peace through the world.
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I converted the paper myself to make it thicker and made my own ‘official’ rubber stamps. Here I must add that I didn’t have just one lab at my disposal, but two. When Maurice Cachou, who was in charge of forged papers for the MLN, heard of my achievements, he contacted me directly to ask whether I could do photoengraving. At that time, to avoid lengthy journeys with their police checks, I’d left the Young Men’s Hostel and had taken a room in another boarding house in Rue Jacob, very close to the 6th’s laboratory.
Later on, books were published in which his name was mentioned; then there were documentaries in which he agreed to speak. Eventually, once I was grown-up, I naively thought I knew more or less everything there was to know. I couldn’t imagine it would take me several years to gather together and compile all the elements of his biography. There were so many memories to be called up, people to be found, places to be visited. A lot of travel was needed to find my father’s former comrades. The ones I wanted to question were scattered all over the world.
They’re perfect. But the doubt remains. I check them again. The stress has gone, but what is worse, I’m literally nodding off. I get to my feet vigorously to wake myself up, take a few steps, slap myself several times. Then I sit down again. One hour equals thirty lives! I don’t have the right to give up. I blink and squint my eyes to clear my vision. Is it my printing that’s blurred or my eyes that can’t see anymore in the dimness of the darkroom? The next day the lab in the Rue des Saints-Pères is seething with excitement.
Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky, Adolfo Kaminsky, Mike Mitchell