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 devoted his information and convictions to serve the French Resistance in the course of global conflict II, saving millions of Jewish households, and so on over the process 30 years for varied motives round the world.”
A distinctive 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 awfully fortunate lifetime of Adolfo Kaminsky narrated during this interesting historic document.
- Elle journal, France; 2010 Reader's selection Award
Undoubtedly some of the most alluring 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, conflict motion picture, historic 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 profession as a real-life forger for the French Resistance, the FLN, and various different freedom events of the 20 th century. Recruited as a tender Jewish teen for his wisdom of dyes, Kaminsky grew to become the first forger for the French Resistance in the course of the Nazi career of Paris. Then, as a qualified photographer, Kaminsky spent the following twenty-five years clandestinely generating millions 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, until eventually his daughter confident him to proportion the main points of the life-threatening paintings he did on behalf of individuals scuffling with for justice and peace during the world.
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Extra info for Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life
A sign to the driver and the doors close. “Identity check! ” I don’t look around at them. I wait my turn right at the end of the car. I’ve been used to police checks for ages now, but today I’m frightened. Keep calm, conceal my emotions. Above all, they mustn’t give me away, not today, not now. Stop my foot from tapping out the imaginary rhythm of a frenzied tune. Stop that drop of sweat from running down my forehead. Stop the blood from pounding through my veins. Slow down my heartbeat. Breathe slowly.
His unpublished photos have had a great success. It was extremely moving to see him talking about his photos with other photographers, recognized by his equals (of which he was the doyen, of course). Today my son is twelve. When I was his age, while my friends’ dads were reading them Grimm’s fairy tales to get them to sleep, my father was telling me stories about very ordinary heroes. These unassuming heroes had such a strong belief in their ideals that they managed to realize them when it seemed impossible.
BISAC BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical. 53/44--dc23 DoppelHouse Press LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA For Leïla Preface WHEN I WAS LITTLE I knew nothing about the story of my father’s life. I was the youngest of three children. As far as I could see, I had a father like everyone else’s, who always taught me to obey the law. At home he never talked about his earlier life, when he’d been a forger. There was one episode, however, that should have made me think. One day I got a poor grade at school. I was absolutely determined to conceal it from my parents.
Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky, Adolfo Kaminsky, Mike Mitchell