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Sarah Kaminsky: A Forger's Life

14 December 2016 - 2:26pm -- miranda
Festival EventsSunday, March 5

Sarah Kaminsky: A Forger's Life

Kings Place, Hall 2

£7.50

12:30

Sarah Kaminsky
Chair: Natasha Lehrer

This event took place on Sunday 5 March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

This is the gripping true story of Adolfo Kaminsky who, narrowly escaping deportation to Auschwitz, was recruited as a teenager to join the Jewish underground. Becoming the primary forger for the French Resistance in Paris, he worked tirelessly with his network to help create papers that would save an estimated 14,000 men, women and children from certain death. After the war, he continued to work for numerous other clandestine organisations for over 25 years.


Kaminsky has kept his past cloaked in secrecy until his daughter and biographer, actress Sarah Kaminsky, convinced him to share his story. In conversation with journalist Natasha Lehrer.

Sarah Kaminsky

Sarah Kaminsky is an Algerian-born actress and screenwriter. She was three years old when she immigrated to France with her father, Adolfo Kaminsky, two brothers and her mother, Leïla, a Tuareg Algerian law student, and anti-colonial activist, whose father was a progressive imam. She lives in Paris.

Natasha Lehrer

Natasha Lehrer is a writer, translator and editor. She writes for, among others, the TLS, the Guardian, the Observer and the Jewish Chronicle and is literary editor of the Jewish Quarterly