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At the age of 17, Adolfo Kaminsky had narrowly escaped deportation to Auschwitz and was living in Nazi-occupied Paris, using forged documents to hide in plain sight. Due to his expert knowledge of dyes and his ability to masterfully reproduce official documents with an artistic eye, he was recruited to join the Jewish underground. He soon became the primary forger for the Resistance in Paris, working tirelessly with his network to create papers that would save an estimated 14,000 men, women, and children from certain death.

Upon the Liberation, and for the next 25 years, Kaminsky worked as a professional photographer. But, recognizing the fight for freedom had not ended with the defeat of the Nazis, and driven by his own harrowing experiences, he continued to secretly forge documents for thousands of refugees, exiles, immigrants, freedom fighters, and pacifists.

Kaminsky kept his past cloaked in secrecy well into his later life, until his daughter and biographer Sarah Kaminsky convinced him to share the details of the life-threatening work he did on behalf of people fighting for justice and peace throughout the world.

©2016 DoppelHouse Press (P)2017 Tantor

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"The skill of Simon Vance, narrator of this audiobook, is his ability to take a memoir that opens during the French Resistance in WWII and fully capture its suspense-filled drama.... Simon Vance breathes a terrifying reality into what it means to defy tyranny." ( AudioFile)

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Incredible!

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It was true and raw and emotional.

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It made me feel connected to the main character and want to search for more....

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The voice was the best of any audible I have ever listened to.

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A forger'z life

Unexpectedly Fascinating extraordinary
Ty excellent narration. I had selected it because of the narrator Simon Vance.
A different take not only on the French Resistsce but also on other revolutionary movements around the world

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Fascinating

I found this book fascinating. But I wonder why the prologue and epilogue were in the same (male) voice as the main story, when these were the words/thoughts if the daughter.

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Interesting but a bit 'flat'

I was somewhat disappointed in this book as I had high hopes for an exciting and uplifting read. It started out well but steadily became quite dull and was more like a 'dry' documentary. Perhaps something got lost in the translation.