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Adolfo Kaminsky:
Ein Fälscherleben (A Forger’s Life)

Reading and Discussion
 
15 June 2013

Adolfo Kaminsky with his daughter Sarah Kaminsky

Adolfo Kaminsky with his daughter Sarah Kaminsky
© Benjamin Boccas

Falsed documents can save lives – Adolfo Kaminsky tells of the 20th century’s political conflicts from the perspective of a master forger.

"Stay awake as long as possible. Beat down the tiredness. The equation is simple – in one hour, I can forge 30 identification papers. If I sleep, 30 people die …"

Adolfo Kaminsky, Angela Spizig, and Sarah Kaminsky

Adolfo Kaminsky, Angela Spizig, and Sarah Kaminsky
© Anita Schiffer-Fuchs

In 1943, Adolfo Kaminsky began to forge documents for the French Resistance – passports that saved thousands of Jews from deportation and certain death. Even after the war, Kaminsky spent 30 years of his life underground forging papers and identities for the great resistance movements of the 20th century.

When

15 June 2013, 6:30 pm

Where

Old Building, ground floor, auditorium

Admission

free

Contact

Yvonne Niehues
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 496
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 409
y.niehues[at]jmberlin.de

Reading in German and discussion in French, interpreted into German.

Moderated by Angela Spizig, mayor of Cologne.

In cooperation with the Literaturhotel Friedenau.

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