Art: Master Forger

In Lübeck, Germany, 500 spectators crowded into a local courtroom last week for the end of one of the most spectacular trials the town had ever seen. Star performer was Lothar Malskat, 41, the accomplished art forger who confessed that he and his accomplice Dietrich Fey had faked the murals in Lübeck's medieval St. Mary's Church (TIME, Oct. 27,1952). In his rush to put himself and partner in jail, Forger Malskat seemed determined to involve Lübeck's most respected burghers and much of the German art world as well.

The forgery team that had so successfully fooled the experts. Malskat told the court,...

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