Review – The Devil’s Workshop

The Devil’s Workshop: A Memoir of the Nazi Counterfeiting Operation, by Adolf Burger, is a compelling story of how Jewish concentration camp prisoners were forced to become involved in a forgery plot known as “Operation Bernhard“. The memoir is harrowing and intense in its content.

Burger became a part of “Operation Bernhard”, whereby he and other Jews were forced into production.  They became forgers, and produced counterfeit British Pound Sterling notes. It was a plot masterminded by the Germans.  The team of counterfeiters included 142 Jews, from varying countries, who were prisoners at various concentration camps.  As the story unfolded, it became a nonstop read for me.

All the elements are within the pages for an intense, dramatic and jaw-dropping read.   The events were unimaginable and inconceivable to my mind.  The harrowing story is difficult to let go of, and will remain with me indefinitely.

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