The Forger: An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime Berlin

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Da Capo Press, Jan 25, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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In Nazi Germany, 20-year-old graphic artist Cioma Schönhaus found a unique outlet for his talent: he forged documents for people fleeing the Reich, ultimately helping to save hundreds of lives. Yet, even as the Gestapo posted his photo in public, he lived a daringly adventurous life, replete with fine restaurants and beautiful women, all the while managing to elude the Nazis. Breathtakingly bold, Schönhaus talked his way out of an arrest, defended Jewish diners being harassed by the police, and ultimately fled Germany by bicycling to Switzerland. Schönhaus's story-his courageous exploits that saved so many, as many others around him were deported, one by one, to the concentration camps-is an astonishing tale of wartime heroism and survival.

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THE FORGER: An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime Berlin

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The author energetically chronicles his life as a young Jew living underground in Nazi Germany.Born in Berlin of Russian immigrant parents, the 20-year-old Schönhaus saw his entire family deported to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wheatland - LibraryThing

This is a memoir of Cioma Schonhaus, covering the years when he was a young Jewish man in Berlin in World War 2. It is well written, not very long, and a gripping read. Schonhaus loves life, has an ... Read full review


Prison regulations
The decent young Aryan
Degenerate art
At the lathe
The postcard
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Cioma Schönhaus was born in Berlin in 1922. While on the Gestapo's wanted list, he escaped, with forged papers, to Switzerland, where he still lives.

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