Synopses & Reviews
Presents the story of a World War II counterfeiting plot by the Nazis in which SS officer Bernhard Krueger attempted to undermine the world financial system, a conspiracy in which he enlisted the skills of a group of concentration-camp Jews.
"Michael Prichard reads...Malkin's riveting narrative with an authoritative voice…. Prichard's ability to change tone and pace is particularly effective." ---AudioFile
This true story details the greatest counterfeiting scheme in history and the men the Nazis called upon to help it succeed, a group of concentration-camp Jews. Unabridged. 6 CDs.
The true story of the greatest counterfeiting scheme in history and the men the Nazis called upon to help it succeed—a group of concentration-camp Jews. Only a fortnight after the start of World War II, at a meeting that has remained a secret for more than half a century, Nazi leaders and officials of the German Reichsbank approved an audacious plot to counterfeit millions of British pounds. Now, drawing upon top-secret bank records, German and British correspondence, and interrogation transcripts, award-winning journalist and author Lawrence Malkin reveals how an unremarkable SS officer named Bernhard Krueger attempted to bring down the world financial system. But when Krueger discovered that forging pounds, and later dollars, was no easy task, he made a crucial decision: he would seek out the greatest counterfeiters of prewar Europe and enlist them in the effort. He found them in an unexpected place: a Nazi concentration camp.
About the Author
Lawrence Malkin's work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Fortune, Connoisseur, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other magazines. He lives in New York with his wife, who survived the Nazi occupation of her native Belgium. Michael Prichard has played several thousand characters during his career. While he has been seen performing over one hundred of them in theater and film, Michael is primarily heard, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. During his career as a one-man repertory company, he has recorded many series with running characters-including the complete Travis McGee adventures by John D. MacDonald and the complete Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout-as well as series by such masters as Mark Twain, John Cheever, and John Updike. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for At All Costs by Sam Moses and In Nixon's Web by L. Patrick Gray III. Named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine, he holds an M.F.A. in theater from the University of Southern California. Michael appears regularly on the professional stage, including as a member of Ray Bradbury's Pandemonium Theatre Company, performing such great roles as Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451, which became the second-longest-running production in the Los Angeles area. Bradbury himself dubbed Michael "the finest Beatty in history."