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Published for the first time in English, this is an enthralling personal account of the secret Nazi project, Operation Bernhard, devised to destabilize the British and, later, American economies by creating and putting into circulation millions of counterfeit banknotes. A team of typographers and printers was pulled out of the rows of prisoners on their way to the gas chambers and transferred to the strictly isolated Block 19 in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. There they were presented with the enormous task of producing almost perfect counterfeits to the value of hundreds of millions of pounds sterling. These notes were to be dropped from bombers over London, with the aim of causing financial chaos. When the time came the Luftwaffe's resources were fully committed in other campaigns and theaters but some of the currency was successfully used to fund operations in Germany's secret war.

Moritz Nachtstern (1902-1969), was a Norwegian-Jewish typographer deported from Oslo in 1942. This is his story, as told to his wife and written down by her, then edited by journalist Ragnar Arntzen. It was originally published in Norwegian in 1949. It covers the three terrible years from his arrest and transportation to Germany, through the horrors of life in Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen to his escape in the last chaotic and terrifying days as the liberating American forces approached. At the center of this personal tale of courage and endurance is Nachtstern's absorbing description of how, in order to survive, he participated in the creation of exquisite forgeries, while working as slowly as possible, both to frustrate the Nazi plan and to ensure that he and his fellow forgers never became expendable.

Nachtstern's daughter Sidsel contributes a moving foreword, It cannot be erased, and essays by Lawrence Malkin and Bjarte Bruland place this sixty-year old document in its historical context.

The translator, Margrit Rosenberg Stenge, was born in Germany but spent five years of her childhood in hiding with her parents in Norway and Sweden during World War II. She has lived in Montreal since 1951 and has translated and published a number of Holocaust memoirs.

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Moritz Nachtstern (1902-1969), was a Norwegian-Jewish typographer deported from Oslo in 1942. This is his story, as told to his wife and written down by her, then edited by journalist Ragnar Arntzen. It was originally published in Norwegian in 1949. It covers the three terrible years from his arrest and transportation to Germany, through the horrors of life in Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen to his escape in the last chaotic and terrifying days as the liberating American forces approached. At the center of this personal tale of courage and endurance is Nachtstern's absorbing description of how, in order to survive, he participated in the creation of exquisite forgeries, while working as slowly as possible, both to frustrate the Nazi plan and to ensure that he and his fellow forgers never became expendable.

Synopsis:

This is an enthralling personal account of the secret Nazi project, Operation Bernhard, devised to destabilize the British and, later, American economies by creating and putting into circulation millions of counterfeit banknotes.

Synopsis:

In 1945 Moritz Nachtstern sat down in his Oslo apartment and dictated the story of how he survived the Holocaust. He was one of 771 Jews deported from Norway during the German occupation of 1940-45; he was one of only thirty-four who came back. In Auschwitz he endured horrific conditions and came close to death several times before being selected for the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the isolated Block 19. Here, under the watchful eye of their SS guards, he and other skilled prisoners worked to produce perfect counterfeit British, and later American, banknotes for their captors. All were acutely aware that once they had served their purpose, they would not be allowed to live. Moritz Nachtstern captures the atmosphere inside Block 19, as portrayed in the Oscar-winning film The Counterfeiters, from his arrival in 1943 to the last chaotic days of the Second World War.
 
First published in Norwegian in 1949, this English edition is complemented by a foreword by his daughter Sidsel and essays by Norwegian historian Bjarte Bruland and Lawrence Malkin, author of Kruegers Men: The Secret Nazi Counterfeit Plot and the Prisoners of Block 19.

Synopsis:

In 1940, the Nazis set usecret project inmotion, Operation Bernhard. In 1942, men with certain skills were selected from the concentration, even from those on their way to the gas chambers. The men were transffered to the strictly isolated Block 19 in Sachsenhausen concentrationcamp The prisoners were presented with an normous task: producing counterfeit British bank notes to the value of hundreds of millions of pounds. The notes, considered some of the most perfect counterfeits ever produced, were to be dropped from planes over London to destabilize the British economy. Later in the war, the operation widened to include American dollar bills. One of the men plucked from Auschwitz was a norwegian Jew, Moritz Nachstern. Thi sis his shocking story from his arrest in Oslo, the journey to Germany, the horrors of the camps, and the impossibility of life in Block 19; the prisoners had to prooduce exquisite forgeries, but as slowly as they could, to ensure their own safety for as long as possible.

About the Author

Moritz Nachtstern (1902-1969), was a Norwegian-Jewish typographer deported from Oslo in 1942. The Counterfeiter is his story, as told to his wife and written down by her, then edited by journalist Ragnar Arntzen. It was originally published in Norwegian in 1949.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Sidsel Nachstern: It Cannot Be Erased:
 
Introduction by Bjarte Bruland: The Norwegian Will Die Tonight
 
Introduction by Lawrence Malkin, Author of Kreuger's Men: The Secret Counterfeit Plot and the Prisoners of Block 19
 
Counterfeiter
 
Two Interviews with Moritz Nachastern
 
Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780762779888
Author:
Nachtstern, Moritz
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Author:
Arntzen, Ragnar
Author:
Arntzen
Author:
Ragnar
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page photo insert
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Historical
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust
Religion » Judaism » Holocaust

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"Synopsis" by ,
Moritz Nachtstern (1902-1969), was a Norwegian-Jewish typographer deported from Oslo in 1942. This is his story, as told to his wife and written down by her, then edited by journalist Ragnar Arntzen. It was originally published in Norwegian in 1949. It covers the three terrible years from his arrest and transportation to Germany, through the horrors of life in Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen to his escape in the last chaotic and terrifying days as the liberating American forces approached. At the center of this personal tale of courage and endurance is Nachtstern's absorbing description of how, in order to survive, he participated in the creation of exquisite forgeries, while working as slowly as possible, both to frustrate the Nazi plan and to ensure that he and his fellow forgers never became expendable.
"Synopsis" by ,
This is an enthralling personal account of the secret Nazi project, Operation Bernhard, devised to destabilize the British and, later, American economies by creating and putting into circulation millions of counterfeit banknotes.
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1945 Moritz Nachtstern sat down in his Oslo apartment and dictated the story of how he survived the Holocaust. He was one of 771 Jews deported from Norway during the German occupation of 1940-45; he was one of only thirty-four who came back. In Auschwitz he endured horrific conditions and came close to death several times before being selected for the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the isolated Block 19. Here, under the watchful eye of their SS guards, he and other skilled prisoners worked to produce perfect counterfeit British, and later American, banknotes for their captors. All were acutely aware that once they had served their purpose, they would not be allowed to live. Moritz Nachtstern captures the atmosphere inside Block 19, as portrayed in the Oscar-winning film The Counterfeiters, from his arrival in 1943 to the last chaotic days of the Second World War.
 
First published in Norwegian in 1949, this English edition is complemented by a foreword by his daughter Sidsel and essays by Norwegian historian Bjarte Bruland and Lawrence Malkin, author of Kruegers Men: The Secret Nazi Counterfeit Plot and the Prisoners of Block 19.

"Synopsis" by ,
In 1940, the Nazis set usecret project inmotion, Operation Bernhard. In 1942, men with certain skills were selected from the concentration, even from those on their way to the gas chambers. The men were transffered to the strictly isolated Block 19 in Sachsenhausen concentrationcamp The prisoners were presented with an normous task: producing counterfeit British bank notes to the value of hundreds of millions of pounds. The notes, considered some of the most perfect counterfeits ever produced, were to be dropped from planes over London to destabilize the British economy. Later in the war, the operation widened to include American dollar bills. One of the men plucked from Auschwitz was a norwegian Jew, Moritz Nachstern. Thi sis his shocking story from his arrest in Oslo, the journey to Germany, the horrors of the camps, and the impossibility of life in Block 19; the prisoners had to prooduce exquisite forgeries, but as slowly as they could, to ensure their own safety for as long as possible.
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