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Old 15th November 2022, 08:07 PM
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The Counterfeiters (2007)

The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII using skilled concentration camp prisoners, mainly Jews, to carry it out. The film is seen through the eyes of Salomon (Sally) Sorowitsch - an excellent performance by Karl Markovics.

The forgers are given special privileges such as clean clothes and beds, cigarettes and food whilst their compatriots rot (and worse) next door. The Nazi brutality isn't to the fore as much as say it is in Schindler's List (1993) but the excellent screen play shows the struggle the prisoners have surrounding collaboration with the Nazis.

The film is based on the memoir of Adolf Burger a prisoner who attempted to sabotage the operation of flooding the British and American economies so much as to destabilise them.

The Counterfeiters is a genuinely excellent film but not the sort of thing you'd perhaps return to every couple of years. Last night was my second viewing in fifteen years of owning the dvd.
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