When he shuffles along the streets of Paris today, 91-year-old Adolfo Kaminsky looks like an ordinary old man. You’d never guess his former profession: forger.
As a teenager in Paris during World War II, Mr. Kaminsky forged passports and birth certificates that helped thousands of Jewish children escape deportation and death. He could have quit after the war. Instead, he spent another 30 years forging documents for resistance movements around the world, from the Algerian war of independence to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.
During all those years, he told almost no one about his work. Talking could cost lives. Even his own daughter didn’t know his story.