Sunday, March 09, 2008
Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign film, "The Counterfeiters" tells the little known true story of Jewish prisoners forced to counterfeit money for the Nazi's.
The film is seen through the eyes of Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch, the "King of the Counterfeiters". Sally is living the good life in Berlin until he is arrested and sent to a concentration camp. When the Nazis learn of his skill, he is transferred to Sachsenhausen where along with other prisoners of similar skills, he is put to work forging English pounds and American dollars in order to weaken the allied economy.
The film is grim and utterly realistic. It recreates a horrible period when people would do anything to survive. The acting is amazing, especially Karl Markovics, who plays "Sally". His gaunt frame and dark demeanor suit the character perfectly. Mr. Markovics is so convincing in the role, you'll think you're watching an actual documentary, rather than a scripted story.
This is a remarkable story of survival that should not be missed.