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Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life Paperback – October 18, 2016
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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)
A detailed and touching story traversing a century in clandestine shadow crossings, where Adolfo's skill meant life... or death. (Libération)
Sarah Kaminsky has done a masterful job. A suspenseful, captivating, and thrilling account of an exceptionally brave and daring man. … So absorbing that I read it in one sitting. (Don Messerschmidt Portland Book Review)
A thrilling book. (la Repubblica)
Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life is "worthy of the best spy novels" and tells the story of Sarah Kaminsky's father, the genius-forger who committed his know-how and convictions to serve the French Resistance during World War II, saving thousands of Jewish families, and many others over the course of 30 years for various causes around the world. (TED.com)
Penned in unassuming, unembellished language, perhaps as discreet as Adolfo’s self-effacing personality, and rendered in a smooth translation by Mike Mitchell, […] Sarah Kaminsky dons her father’s persona seamlessly by transcribing Adolfo’s account to her in his own voice, so the book reads like a memoir. It is a powerful homage, written with a casual, if poignant, simplicity, often masking heartfelt conundrums. (Jerusalem Post)
[An] engrossing literary debut. ... Writing in Adolfo's voice gives this suspenseful narrative candor and immediacy. (Kirkus Reviews)
Undoubtedly one of the most captivating books of the season. (Paris Today)
A pointed, sober biography ... of one of the world's best forgers. (Der Spiegel)
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Upon the Liberation and for the next twenty-five years Kaminsky worked as a professional photographer. But, recognizing the fight for freedom had not ended with the defeat of the Nazis, and driven by his own harrowing experiences, he continued to secretly forge documents for thousands of refugees, exiles, immigrants, freedom fighters and pacifists.
My life as a forger is one long, uninterrupted resistance against inequality, segregation, racism, injustice, fascism and dictatorships.
Kaminsky kept his past cloaked in secrecy well into his later life, until his daughter and biographer Sarah Kaminsky 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.
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Starting with life under Nazi rule to working with liberation groups throughout the world, this Forget was the rare idealist who kept to his principles of helping victims and the downtrodden. Reading this book should be required reading.
Thank you Adolfo for stepping up and doing what needed to be done.