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The true story of the greatest counterfeiting scheme in history and the men the Nazis called upon to help it succeed – a group of concentration-camp Jews. Only a fortnight after the start of World War II, at a meeting that has remained a secret for more than half a century, Nazi leaders and officials of the German Reichsbank approved an audacious plot to counterfeit millions of British pounds. Now, drawing upon top-secret bank records, German and British correspondence, and interrogation transcripts, award-winning journalist and author Lawrence Malkin reveals how an unremarkable SS officer named Bernhard Krueger attempted to bring down the world financial system. But when Krueger discovered that forging pounds, and later dollars, was no easy task, he made a crucial decision. He would seek out the greatest counterfeiters of prewar Europe and enlist them in the effort. He found them in an unexpected place: a Nazi concentration camp.
©2006 Lawrence Malkin; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

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  • Daniel
  • Cleveland, OH, United States
  • 11-25-06

very interesting chapter in history

A very enjoyable book about a little-known chapter of WWII. The largest state-sponsored counterfeiting effort of the 20th century is well researched and well narrated. Readers with an interest in WWII and in financial history should find this quite interesting, as well as those inclined to learning more about the Holocaust.

As a banker myself, with a significant interest in cash & financial crime, I thought the material in the book was invaluable.

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