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2023 MIF Paper Money Fair – Maastricht Netherlands (Forging Secrets, Operation Bernhard)

April 29, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Continuing a tradition of hosting unique educational presentations at numismatic events, the Spungen Foundation invites you to celebrate the release of a new book titled Forging Secrets at the 2023 MIF Paper Money Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Keynote speaker Charlotte Krüger will tell the story of Operation Bernhard, a secret scheme to forge British bank notes at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.


Under the direction of Charlotte’s grandfather Bernhard Krüger, the operation intended to destroy the British economy, but actually financed the German side of the war. With their lives hanging by a thread, 140-plus Jewish prisoners produced enough fake currency to equal the face value of all reserves in the vaults of the Bank of England―an astounding 6 or 7 billion dollars in today’s money.


This sensational true story was the subject of the Academy-Award winning film The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher) and has now been published as a collector’s book titled Forging Secrets: Faces and Facts Inside the Nazi Operation Bernhard Scheme. A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the event via cash at a price of 125 USD / 115 euros (normal retail price is 199 USD).


Please RSVP to Mikayla Hoppe, mikayla@spungenfoundation.org, by April 26.


We are happy to accommodate additional guests. Please simply inform us of their names and email addresses. Additionally, if you would like to reserve a copy of the book for purchase in advance, please let us know. Due to the limited number of books that will be available, requests will be taken on a first come, first served basis.


A reception with light refreshments will follow the event. Admission is FREE.



Exhibition & Congress Center MECC Maastricht

6229 GV Maastricht

The Netherlands

Venue within MECC Maastricht: 2.1 Volga.

12:00 – 1:30 pm Central European Time (CET)


Click here to visit the MECC Maastricht website for information on transportation and parking. 


For more information on the book, view or download the full 2-page invitation below.




April 29, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Exhibition & Congress Center MECC Maastricht
6229 GV Maastricht
Maastricht, Netherlands
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