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Adolf Burger

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Adolf Burger was born in north-eastern Slovakia in 1917. He started an apprenticeship as a typesetter at the age of fourteen. In August 1942, he was arrested with his wife Gizela and taken to Auschwitz, where Gizela later died.  In 1944, Burger was selected to work on the Nazi’s top-secret Operation Bernhard project at the Sachsenhausen camp bear Berlin.  He was eventually liberated by the US army on 6 May 1945. 

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2009

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, The Counterfeiters retraces the true story of Adolf Burger, recounted in his memoirThe Devil’s Workshop. A typographer by trade, he became one of a group of deportees forced to produce impeccable imitation  bank notes in Sachsenhausen concentration camp with the intention of flooding the economies of both the U.K and the U.S. To succeed, would have enabled the Nazis to win the war, to fail, meant certain death. Was his ultimate act of sabotage brave or foolhardy?

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Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.