Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky is a biography of her father, a French national and hero. Ms. Kaminsky, daughter of the book’s subject, is a writer and actor.
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- 256 pages
- Publisher: DoppelHouse Press
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997003405
My rating for Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life — 4
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Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky (check out the author’s TED Talk about the book) is a book which reads like a worthy spy novel, but is based on a true story. Mr. Kaminsky is a forger who uses his skills to help those in need where his conscious would allow.
Adolfo Kaminsky helped save many lives by providing false identity papers to Jews and other people who were on the crosshairs of the Nazi killing machine. The forger mostly worked in occupied France and gotten his knowledge due to the inability of a Jewish boy to continue his education Paris past elementary school. Working as a clothes dyer and doing his own research in chemistry Mr. Kaminsky became an excellent forger by the time he was 17 years old.
If the book would have been fiction it would have gotten trashed as there are too many coincidences in it, but it’s not and the story is amazing. Mr. Kaminsky worked much without asking for pay and creating his own equipment. After the war, Mr. Kaminsky kept on working helping those he felt were oppressed to flee oppressive regimes.
This is a fascinating biography of a fascinating man who is as intriguing as he is principled (whether you agree with his choices or not). The book’s translation is easy to read and, I’d like to think, captures the author’s love and admiration for her father.
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