Adolfo Kaminsky

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Adolfo Kaminsky was born in Argentina back in 1925.  The family moved to Paris, France when he was 7.  He worked in a dye shop and was fascinated by the chemistry of colorants.  In 1940, after the German invasion of France the family home was taken by the Germans.

He entered the Resistance after his mother was killed by the Nazis in 1941.  His family was interned in the camp of Drancy, as a prelude to deportation.  Thanks to the support from the Consul of Argentina and the United States they were freed in 1943, they moved back to Paris.

Afterwards, he worked in an underground laboratory in Paris for the rest of World War II.  His specialty was forging documents.  His moto was “Keep awake.  The longer possible. Struggle against sleep.  The calculation is easy.  In one hour, I make 30 false papers.  If I sleep one hour, 30 people will die.” 

What you may not know about Adolfo, is that over the course of the war, he created documents that saved the lives of 14,000Jews.  After the Liberation of Paris in 1944, he joined the French Army and marched to Germany.  He was awarded the Médaille de la Résistance.  The French military secret services entrusted him with making false IDs for spies sent behind the lines to investigate and detect the location of concentration camps.  As far as I know he is still alive and doing well.

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Comments (23)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - another great courageous person maybe not  well known as Schindler.

Jan 05, 2021 04:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Aldolpho had a talent that he wanted to share with as many as possible. Amazing! Enjoy your day.

Jan 05, 2021 04:49 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is a really cool story and I am sure all those that received the papers were greatly appreciative of his efforts.

Jan 05, 2021 05:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

What a great man who made the best of his God given tallents. How many of us can say that we saved a life... much less 14,000 lives! Thanks for this post James Dray .

Jan 05, 2021 05:42 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - That was a fascinating story!  I wonder how much sleep he really did get each day?  That was a lot of pressure he put on himself.

Jan 05, 2021 05:55 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray what an achievement to save 14,000 lives!

Jan 05, 2021 07:08 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It exciting for me to wake every morning and learn from your vast knowledge of history James Dray 

Jan 05, 2021 07:13 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I was taught a long time ago to make 15 minutes feel like hours and thus feel rested.

Hopefully, he takes a few naps now.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 05, 2021 07:29 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Good morning James, Adolfo is a hero in every way to selflessly put his life in danger to save others and true history needs to continue being told to remind others of where we are right now. The world could use more Adolfo's right now instead than those who only take, rather than giving to the better good!

Jan 05, 2021 07:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful read this story is about Kaminsky.  People in France still talk about the war, and we are always stunned that they still are producing movies about it and the horrors that were commonplace in those days.  A

Jan 05, 2021 08:36 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

A true hero, willing to risk his life to help those in need. That's an impressive accomplishment!

Jan 05, 2021 09:33 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an amazing person and deserving of all accolades and medals that are awarded. I loved how he viewed what he was doing...if he fell asleep or stopped working that meant others might die because of the documents he was not able to create. 

Jan 05, 2021 09:52 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

What a true hero.  Quite a thought that if he slept people would die. 

Jan 05, 2021 10:03 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

And I thought I had concerns that keep me awake at night.  What an incredible man!  Thank you for sharing his remarkable story.  Wow, 30 false documents in one hour!

Jan 05, 2021 10:13 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

now James, we see lots of people you write about...but this is a true hero! 

Jan 05, 2021 10:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jan 05, 2021 10:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Truly an amazing man who sacrificed so much to save so many. He is a true hero in every sense of the word.

Jan 05, 2021 02:03 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

One of many brave men and women who risked their lives to save others. True heroes that need to be known to all.

Jan 06, 2021 06:35 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What an amazing story about a man who saved so many lives after, himself, escaping the death camps!

Jul 13, 2021 07:35 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Just had to say WOW, what a story, someone who followed the covert world for decades I did not know about him, Endre

Aug 21, 2021 11:08 PM