Books: A lesson for humanity

The remarkable story of forger Adolfo Kaminsky encapsulates the Jewish experience in the 20th century.

By YAËLLE AZAGURY
December 13, 2016 17:07
Adolfo Kaminsky

Adolfo Kaminsky poses in front of a ‘Lorillon’ view camera at his home in Paris, in 2012. (photo credit: JOEL SAGET / AFP)

 
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FORGERY OF artworks is commonly carried out for financial gain, often exposed in the rarefied atmosphere of the art world, the suave antechambers of wealthy buyers, collectors and auction houses. Seldom, however, do we read about counterfeiting for survival.

Sarah Kaminsky’s book, “Adolfo Kaminsky: a Forger’s Life,” narrates in forthright, conversational style the remarkable story of her father, a master forger with lofty ideals, whose vocation was sparked by dire necessity during the Nazi Occupation of France in WWII. He created false papers for the French Resistance, and later for a vast array of revolutionary national movements, such as the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN), and the South American revolutionary factions of the 1960s.

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