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 provides 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 devoted his knowledge and convictions to serve the French Resistance in the course of global conflict II, saving hundreds of thousands of Jewish households, and so on over the process 30 years for varied motives round the world.”
- TED.com

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

Riveting.
- Haaretz, Israel

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

Undoubtedly 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 materials of suspense mystery, warfare motion picture, ancient 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 occupation as a real-life forger for the French Resistance, the FLN, and diverse different freedom hobbies of the 20th century. Recruited as a tender Jewish youngster for his wisdom of dyes, Kaminsky turned the first forger for the French Resistance throughout the Nazi profession of Paris. Then, as a qualified photographer, Kaminsky spent the subsequent twenty-five years clandestinely generating millions of counterfeit files for immigrants, exiles, underground political operatives, and pacifists around the globe. Kaminsky stored his earlier 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 during the world.

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On no account should they know, and by strictly respecting this rule we were confident of avoiding getting caught up in lots of disasters. As cover we pretended to be painters. Our laboratory for forged papers was in a narrow little attic room on the top floor of number 17, Rue des Saints-Pères, which we had transformed into an artist’s studio. It was tiny, hardly fifteen meters square, but thanks to a skylight we at least enjoyed fine daylight. Two tables placed end to end took up the whole length of the room.

Boussemard was amused by my interest in chemistry and my dogged determination: “So far I’ve had employees who were happy just to do their work well. With you I have to talk all the time,” he grumbled. Despite his slightly uncouth manner, he was flattered that for once someone was interested in his knowledge. He explained the chemistry to me in the way you would pass on recipes. With him everything was simple. So you see, if I became interested in the effacing of inks, it was initially as a good dyer, to remove stains from the clothes.

In general the requests came in bundles of thirty to fifty a day, sometimes a few more. It wasn’t the first big challenge I’d faced, but in this case the shock was almost too much for me. As I left Penguin, for the first time I was afraid I might fail. Up to that point I’d always managed, through my accumulation of miscellaneous knowledge, to find almost miraculous solutions to technical problems. The better the documents became, the more I’d needed to invent, to show ingenuity in forging the unforgeable with the limited means at my disposal.

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