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Adolfo Kaminsky

90 min visit

Paris
Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme
23 May → 19 Apr 2020
From Wed to Fri from 11 am to 6 pm. Sat & Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Tue.

« An ideal opportunity to discover this remarkable figure of the Resistance in a different way! »

Adolfo Kaminsky has all the qualities of a novelist, a strong and assertive personality, living a thousand adventures, in touch with History. Born in Buenos Aires into a Jewish family, he arrived in France in 1932 to learn the job of dyer. His Argentine nationality saved him from the Drancy camp where he was locked up with his family in 1943. At the dawn of his 17th birthday, he joined the resistance and put his talents as a chemist at the service of the manufacture of fake papers. Forger becomes his job! After the war, he helped the Haganah, facilitating the emigration of survivors to Palestine, then he supported Algerian independence fighters, Latin American revolutionaries and opponents of the Franco regime. All these battles to which he contributed, at the risk of his life. After the Liberation, Kaminsky became actively involved in photography. From the Saint-Ouen fleas to the neon lights of Pigalle, he captures the solitary silhouettes, the lights, the elegance and the margin, everything that constitutes his universe. An ideal opportunity to discover this remarkable figure of the Resistance in a different way. Adolfo Kaminsky, a resistant teenager and genius forger, devoted thirty years of his life to producing fake papers.

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