# 95 / Editorial

Adolfo Kaminsky, born in 1925 in Argentina, died on January 9 at the age of 97. We republish the portrait dedicated to him by Elisabeth de Fontenay. “The craft of forgery, like the photographic shot, encourages us to question what authenticity is,” says the philosopher, evoking this forger in the service of survival and freedom – but also a photographer who, immersed in a clandestine existence, never showed his work. Revealed recently, notably thanks to an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris, his work testifies to a life in which political commitment was inseparable from an eye that looked at the world with great care. “You can photograph anything,” his brother once told him, and in fact the man of action was also a contemplative, the Resistance fighter a meticulous flâneur who observed the night darkening Paris, the water on the cobblestones, the eyes that crossed his lens, the children playing in the streets …

Last August we published the first French translation of a long short story by Grigory Kanovich, “Poor Rothschild”, in the form of a four-part serial. The text we are publishing this week by this author, born in June 1929 in Janova – into a Yiddish-speaking Jewish family, but who writes in Russian – evokes Vilnius, the Jerusalem of Lithuania, the city of his youth. Grigory Kanovich remembers it and dreams of it as a ghost that comes back to haunt him, but which he refuses to mourn for fear of destroying what is no longer there.

Elena Guritanu and Elie Petit recounts the career of this 94 year old writer, who has been living in Israel for several decades, and who has published numerous short stories and ten novels, translated into many languages. The work as a whole should be seen as “a kind of Litvak saga, a monument written in memory of the Lithuanian Jews who have disappeared”.

Adolfo Kaminsky, born in 1925 in Argentina and deceased in January 2023, has become a legend: the resister and forger known for specializing in the manufacture of false papers during World War II. He wanted to be a painter, he became a secretive photographer, reluctant to show his work – before the Museum of Jewish Art and History (mahJ) in Paris shed light on dozens of snapshots taken over decadesIt is in partnership with the mahJ that the City Hall of Paris Centre is dedicating an exhibition to Adolfo Kaminsky until February 26, 2022.. A clandestine life, in his work as in his commitments: after the war, he makes false papers for the Haganah, he is the forger of the networks of support for Algerian independence in the 1950s and 1960s, that of the revolutionaries of South America as well as opponents of dictatorships in Spain, Portugal and Greece… The philosopher Elisabeth de Fontenay attests to her admiration.

Vilna, Wilno, Vilnus. Yerushalayim of Lita. A dream city, flooded by the light of the Great Synagogue. A dreamy city, with mornings perfumed with cinnamon buns. A city of fear, with its forests entangled in fright. In a text never before published in French, Gregory Kanovitch – the 93-year-old Lithuanian writer who now lives in Israel – evokes his Lithuanian Jerusalem, now a ghost.

“My novels are a kind of Litvak saga, a monument to the memory of the Lithuanian Jews who have passed away. This is how Grigory Kanovich likes to describe his work. Born in June 1929 in Janova to a Yiddish-speaking Jewish family, he has published many short stories and ten novels, translated into many languages. Last August, in the form of a four-part serial, K. published the first French translation — by Elena Guritanu — of “Poor Rothschild”. At the beginning of this year, we continue the Jewish saga of this prolific 94-year-old Lithuanian writer with the story “I dreamed of Vilnius, the lost Jerusalem”, written as a tribute to Wilno, the Jerusalem of Lithuania. In the preface to this reading, Elie Petit and Elena Guritanu retrace his journey for K.

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