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posted by January 24 at 9:08 AMon
From William Grimes’ review of The Forger in today’s NYT arts section…
In June 1942 a 20-year-old Jew named Cioma Schönhaus stood in front of a Nazi bureaucrat in Berlin for final processing before being deported to a concentration camp in Poland. Asked if he had any money, he replied, “Yes, my lucky penny.” The penny went into the coffers of the Third Reich, duly noted in an account book.
The Forger is a memoir—by Cioma Schönhaus, the kid that lost his lucky penny along with his family—but not his life—to the Nazis.