'Counterfeiter' director, writer to visit

Adolf Burger, who penned the memoir upon which the film was based, will make a special trip to Israel next week.

By MIRIAM SHAVIV
March 11, 2008 12:15
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'Counterfeiter' director, writer to visit

Adolf Burger 88. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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This Thursday, the Oscar-winning Austrian film The Counterfeiters will be released in theaters across the country. The film, which tells the story of a Nazi operation that forced 143 concentration camp prisoners to forge vast sums of pounds and dollars in an attempt to destabilize the Allied economies, stems from the story of a real-life Jewish counterfeiter. Adolf Burger, who penned the memoir upon which the film was based, will make a special trip to Israel next week along with the film's director Stefan Ruzowitzky. The two will attend a special screening of the film at the Tel Aviv Museum on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and will be joined by Avraham Zonnenfeld, another "counterfeiter" who currently lives in Israel. All will all be available to answer questions following the film. This marks Ruzowitzky's first visit to Israel. The director, who has admitted the Nazi sympathies of his own grandparents during the war, will stay several days to see the country with his family. Burger has an extensive family in Israel, including two sisters living on kibbutzim. His late brother also lived in Israel and his family continues to reside on Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk. Burger's visit with his granddaughter will be a rare opportunity for the family to get together. Zonnenfeld's 17-year-old granddaughter, who works as a waitress, will serve the audience refreshments at the film's Shoham premiere and tell about her grandfather's experiences during WWII.

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