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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