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The true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, counterfeiter extraordinaire and bohemian.
After getting arrested in a German concentration camp in 1944, he agrees to help the
Nazis in an organized counterfeit operation set up to help finance the war effort.
It was the biggest counterfeit money scam of all times. Over 130 million pound
sterling were printed, under conditions that couldn't have been more tragic or
spectacular. During the last years of the war, as the German Reich saw that the end
was near, the authorities decided to produce their own banknotes in the currencies of
their major war enemies. They hoped to use the duds to flood the enemy economy
and fill the empty war coffers. At the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, two
barracks were separated from the rest of the camp and the outside world, and
transformed into a fully equipped counterfeiters workshop. "Operation Bernhard" was
born. Prisoners were brought to Sachsenhausen from other camps to implement the
plan: professional printers, fastidious bank officials and simple craftsmen all became
members of the top-secret counterfeiter commando. They had the choice: if they
cooperated with the enemy, they had a chance to survive, as first-class prisoners in a
"golden cage" with enough to eat and a bed to sleep in. If they sabotaged the
operation, a sure death awaited them. For THE COUNTERFEITERS, it was not only
a question of saving their own lives, but also about saving their conscience as well...
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