Told in flashback, The Counterfeiters is the exciting true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, who, in the years before World War II, was the world’s greatest counterfeiter. Arrested in Berlin, Sorowitsch is sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp—as both Jew and habitual criminal he’s considered doubly threatening. But the Germans find a use for Sorowitsch, putting him to work on “Operation Bernhard,” the Nazi plan to counterfeit U.S. dollars and the British pound, flood the market, and subsequently wreck the Allies’ economies. The prisoners involved in the operation—an uneasy mix of bankers, printers, and criminals—are given preferential treatment over the other Jews. Nevertheless, their actions have devastating consequences. As Sorowitsch, Karl Marcovicks is simply brilliant: At once a charmer and a rogue, you can’t take your eyes off him.
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