Cioma Schönhaus

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Samson "Cioma" Schönhaus (28 September 1922 in Berlin[1] – 22 September 2015 in Biel-Benken[2]) was a graphic artist and writer who lived illegally as a Jew in hiding in Berlin during World War II. He was responsible for forging hundreds of identity documents to help other Jews survive during this time. He worked closely with members of the Confessing Church, including Franz Kaufmann and Helene Jacobs. He ultimately escaped from Berlin to Switzerland by bicycle in 1943, where he remained until his death.

His memoir, "The Forger," was published by Granta Books in 2007, translated from the German original (Der Passfälscher, published 2004).


Schönhaus, Cioma (2004 (translated 2007)). The Forger. London: Granta Books. ISBN 978-1-86207-987-8.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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