The Forger: An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime Berlin



The Forger: An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime BerlinIn Nazi Germany, 20 Year Old Graphic Artist Cioma Sch Nhaus Found A Unique Outlet For His Talent He Forged Documents For People Fleeing The Reich, Ultimately Helping To Save Hundreds Of Lives Yet, Even As The Gestapo Posted His Photo In Public, He Lived A Daring Life, Replete With Fine Restaurants Beautiful Women, All The While Managing To Elude The Nazis Breathtakingly Bold, Sch Nhaus Talked His Way Out Of An Arrest, Defended Jewish Diners Being Harassed By The Police, Ultimately Fled Germany By Bicycling To Switzerland Sch Nhaus Story His Courageous Exploits That Saved So Many, As Many Others Around Him Were Deported, One By One, To The Concentration Camps Is An Astonishing Tale Of Wartime Heroism Survival.

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  • The Forger: An Extraordinary Story of Survival in Wartime Berlin
  • Cioma Schönhaus
  • English
  • 17 January 2019

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  1. Petra-X says:

    For a completely different and very enjoyable look at Nazi Germany through the life of a Jewish man who never got sent to the camps, I can t recommend this highly enough It s not the best of writing, but it is the best of stories A ten star look at a world I would never otherwise have heard of.The whole genre of Holocaust literature inspires horror and revulsion for the Nazis, disgust for the collaborating and enabling Germans and great sympathy for the Jews and other victims of the vile polic For a completely different and very enjoyable look at Nazi Germany through the life of a Jewish man who never got sent to the camps, I can t recommend this highly enough It s not the best of writing, but it is the best of stories A ten star look at a world I would never otherwise have heard of.The whole genre of Holocaust literature inspires horror and revulsion for the Nazis, disgust for the collaborating and enabling Germans and great sympathy for the Jews and other victims of the vile policies of Hitler if not for his entirely morally bankrupt enablers and admirers, Henry Ford, Lady Nancy Astor and Joseph Kennedy amongst them.Cioma is a cheeky chappy who will always find a way around any situation and thoroughly enjoys outwitting those who would have him deported to the camps and gassed But he can t do this alone and through him we see a whole network of Jews living a sort of underlife in the cities This underlife was enabled by right thinking Germans who weren t necessarily heroes of the resistance but neither were they going to see people murdered for some evil, invented political propaganda that was being touted as truth And if they wanted a nice lamp from the house, well, that s how people are Your life for a lamp Much, muchthan a fair exchange Not all of them were selfless, but all of them were heroes.What Cioma did was alter genuine documents from the original German owners to the new Jewish ones Some of the documents at least came from Christians in a particular church who would drop them as offerings at the end of the Sunday service It was no risk to them, they just went to the local Post Office and said they d lost them But to the Jews, they were the diffence between being stopped on the street and sent to the camps and being nodded on, with a smile, to go about their daily business.Cioma spends years hot bedding, having affairs, living an underground life, very precarious but plenty of joy interspersed with the every present worry of deportation and death in the camps Eventually though, Cioma cycles and then swims to freedom across a freezing lake to Switzerland, where he lived, working as a graphic artist until his death in 2015 Alev HaShalom, RIP, Cioma, without your book, I d never have known that there were Jews throughout the Nazi period who never got sent to the camps, nor the Germans who helped them live this life.read May 26th, 2011, review totally rewritten Oct 2019

  2. HBalikov says:

    You see, Sch nhaus, you can never rule out miracles, but you shouldn t bet on them either That what Cioma Sch nhaus remembers of his friend s advice to him Sch nhaus takes a lot of chances in this memoir and he documents the reasons and consequences withskill than I expected.The author was very young in Germany when Hitler came to power As a Jew, he had first hand knowledge of how his family and friends were threatened, constricted and placed in camps by the Third Reich He was one o You see, Sch nhaus, you can never rule out miracles, but you shouldn t bet on them either That what Cioma Sch nhaus remembers of his friend s advice to him Sch nhaus takes a lot of chances in this memoir and he documents the reasons and consequences withskill than I expected.The author was very young in Germany when Hitler came to power As a Jew, he had first hand knowledge of how his family and friends were threatened, constricted and placed in camps by the Third Reich He was one of the fortunate ones for many reasons, which he describes His work camp was not one of the worst His mistakes were not fatal He did not look Jewish After an incident he hears this inner voice telling him Cioma, listen you need an Aryan ID card, not one with the name Israel on it, but one that says you re not a Jew He goes home and takes a razor blade and begins to scrape Israel off hs ID card, when his mother finds him Mama Do that Report that the card is lost But, I m keeping the pass without the Israel all the same I sat down on her bed and took her hand in mine Mama, I want to live, I want to get out of here And that is when The Forger really begins.Sch nhaus has a conversational style that makes it easy to accept his life story and all the challenging things that happen to him It reads much like a first person thriller complete with surprises, narrow escapes and growing up experiences One of the strengths of The Forger is our narrator s voice Just like his journey from adolescence into adulthood, his experiences affect his actions and his observations and his personality expands concurrently He is an only child and his parents dote on him His father offers him life affirming advice which he retains and tries to apply This is augmented at intervals by other adults he meets or works with Here is an example Sch nhaus, your father s friend is right, but his also wrong Morality is for people living an orderly life When you can t plan for the future, as we can t now, it s only the present moment that counts Of course, there are people who would stick to the straight and narrow even in hell itself But they are the exceptions And it s only after the event that you can tell whether you are one of the exceptions This book is an intimate view of the resistance by some Germans to the Nazis, particularly in Berlin It details the ingenuity that went into hiding in plain sight and knowing one s enemy If Sch nhaus has his na ve moments, much of that is mixed with hope We agreed on one idea in our diminishingly small world the kind of original Christianity that Leo Tolstoy wrote about should be compulsory for the whole of humanity And once there was no longer any distinction between Christians and Jews, anti Semitism would automatically vanish By the time this account ends, Sch nhaus has helped many, many Jews and others avoid Nazi imprisonment and death He islucky than careful but eventually escapes himself and lives in his adopted country until his death in 2015 This is a book that will entertain and enlighten with its details of life in Berlin during the Nazi era

  3. Christie says:

    Definitely not your typical Holocaust survival book which is,often than not, an emotional and heartbreaking account of inhumane treatment and tragic loss of family and friends The Forger breaks the mold and although this is a book about a Holocaust survivor, the memoir is that of a courageous and ingenious twenty year old graphic artist who channeled his talents and created forged documents to help hundreds of Jews escape Berlin He risked his life and those who collaborated with him to Definitely not your typical Holocaust survival book which is,often than not, an emotional and heartbreaking account of inhumane treatment and tragic loss of family and friends The Forger breaks the mold and although this is a book about a Holocaust survivor, the memoir is that of a courageous and ingenious twenty year old graphic artist who channeled his talents and created forged documents to help hundreds of Jews escape Berlin He risked his life and those who collaborated with him to procure the materials necessary to replicate quality documents that allowed safe passage and escape from the Nazis in Berlin The writer has a very witty and clever personality and his exploits, while extremely dangerous, are recounted with such flair and intrigue that you admire him all thefor the things he did Even when placed on the Gestapo s most wanted list, the author was quick enough on his feet to talk his way out of arrest as well as speak out and defend other Jewish people whom he witnessed being harassed by the Gestapo The way of life for those who lived in Berlin is portrayed with an insight that is not written about as often Here is the author s preface to his memoir, which is what convinced me to read the book My survival is the result of events in which the law of large numbers played the major part.If the parquet floor of a large room had a hole in it the size of a fist, and somebody tried to land a pea in this hole, his chances of success would be minimal.But if you took a sackful of peas and tipped them out on the floor, the hole would be filled immediately.Like mine, the story of every pea that ended up in the hole would then consist of a series of miraculous coincidences I an one of those lucky peas Cioma SchonhausSchonhaus doesn t spend time conveying the misery and the pain he obviously endured while moving from house to house carrying out his clandestine activities underground Instead, he relays with joy the encounters he had where he was able to outsmart the Nazis and carry out his work to secure safe passage for others, just days and hours away from being deport to a concentration camp When finally forced to flee Berlin and bicycle to Switzerland, his journey is successful due to one lucky coincidence after another A great example of someone with a heart of gold, nerves of steel and tenacity to never stop when doing what s right or what is necessary to help others

  4. Karen says:

    This is not the greatest work of literature, but, boy, is it a great story The writing kind of jumps around, and it s not always very clear when one scene changes to the next, but the tale of this young man hiding out in Berlin and forging documents is fascinating He takes crazy risks but always manages to be elsewhere when they re looking for him, and finally makes his way into Switzerland, stopping on the way to forge one last document.

  5. Kris Sellgren says:

    This riveting memoir was like reading a spy novel with constant action and clever avoidance of the Nazis Schonhaus was a young Jew living in Berlin during Hitler s reign who tried everything to avoid being sent to the East concentration camps like his parents and grandmother Once he went completely underground in Berlin, he began forging ID papers for Jews and others who were also hiding from the Nazis He worked with other underground Jews and a network of Christians opposed to Hitler s t This riveting memoir was like reading a spy novel with constant action and clever avoidance of the Nazis Schonhaus was a young Jew living in Berlin during Hitler s reign who tried everything to avoid being sent to the East concentration camps like his parents and grandmother Once he went completely underground in Berlin, he began forging ID papers for Jews and others who were also hiding from the Nazis He worked with other underground Jews and a network of Christians opposed to Hitler s treatment of Christianity and Jews He was incredibly lucky always being missed by the SS when others were being arrested, jailed, sent East , or executed Finally he realized relying on luck was not smart and he fled to Switzerland His account is illustrated by his own sketches, not expert but vivid The author s story is astonishing

  6. Christine says:

    As some other reviews have pointed out, the prose is choppy and at times rough, additionally the tone seems a bit strange It is unclear, at least to this reader, if it is the translation or the author the tone being a way to distance himself.Regardless, it is still a rather good and engrossing read.Schonhaus was the child of Russian Jews who had emigrated to Berlin The story starts during 1943, and covers the experience of Schonhaus as he hids at in Berlin, escaping the deportations that too As some other reviews have pointed out, the prose is choppy and at times rough, additionally the tone seems a bit strange It is unclear, at least to this reader, if it is the translation or the author the tone being a way to distance himself.Regardless, it is still a rather good and engrossing read.Schonhaus was the child of Russian Jews who had emigrated to Berlin The story starts during 1943, and covers the experience of Schonhaus as he hids at in Berlin, escaping the deportations that took the rest of his family.Schonhaus was able to forge passes and other docuements, making not only a person who was saved, but a person who did the saving While he was helped several times, he saved himself by taking risks and sticking to his guns During his time in Berlin and working with the German Resistance, Schonhaus knows several individuals who will be well known to students of World War II history.A good read simplely because of the view it presents

  7. Sana says:

    Roughly written as others have pointed out but the story is amazing and truly inspiring of all the brave people in this book including the author who helped the Jewish people during the war Shows the humanity that existed in characters such as Ludwig and helene etc

  8. Heatherjoy says:

    Personally i thought this book was quite rough around the edges and poorly written, it was very difficult to follow and lacked fluidity Yet even underneath all the sloppy writing you could tell it was an incredible story and would make an awesome movie Especially since i read this just after returning from Berlin myself i found it fascinating how he survived and learning all about the city I loved it when he would mention places i had gone and such I was really shocked at the end when it said Personally i thought this book was quite rough around the edges and poorly written, it was very difficult to follow and lacked fluidity Yet even underneath all the sloppy writing you could tell it was an incredible story and would make an awesome movie Especially since i read this just after returning from Berlin myself i found it fascinating how he survived and learning all about the city I loved it when he would mention places i had gone and such I was really shocked at the end when it said that one of the characters was executed at sachenhausen and that i had been there and remember stepping over a plaque where people were shotI was also kind of disturbed by the graphic details of his errelationships, ok honestly nobody wants hear that much info also he seems quite blunt about alot of things, like oh my parents got deported and murdered half the book i spent wishing i could rewrite it because it was such good material

  9. Irving Koppel says:

    The Forger is the story of a young German Jewish boy who finds himselfstranded in Nazi Germany during World War II Fortunately, he is an artist,and using his skills to become a forger, he is able to create every kind of official document from ration books to passports The bookreadslike fiction than biography since we are constantly going fromgreat danger to relative safety and back again For one who is interestedin personal survival under extremely trying circumatances,he will find t The Forger is the story of a young German Jewish boy who finds himselfstranded in Nazi Germany during World War II Fortunately, he is an artist,and using his skills to become a forger, he is able to create every kind of official document from ration books to passports The bookreadslike fiction than biography since we are constantly going fromgreat danger to relative safety and back again For one who is interestedin personal survival under extremely trying circumatances,he will find this book a primer in that field All in all a very exciting,entertainingand informative read

  10. Mark says:

    This is a somewhat roughly translated G E autobiography The author was a Russian Jew living in Berlin during the war Because of his artistic skills he was able to make his own aryan documents and live as a regular German during the war in Berlin He served hundreds of fellow Jews, Russians and Gypsies by giving them what appeared to be legitimate documents He lost his parents to the camps in Poland, but he was finally able to escape to Switerland, via bicycle, in the yawning days of the w This is a somewhat roughly translated GE autobiography The author was a Russian Jew living in Berlin during the war Because of his artistic skills he was able to make his own aryan documents and live as a regular German during the war in Berlin He served hundreds of fellow Jews, Russians and Gypsies by giving them what appeared to be legitimate documents He lost his parents to the camps in Poland, but he was finally able to escape to Switerland, via bicycle, in the yawning days of the war He still lives in Basel, Switzerland today

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