France: The Leonardo of Forgers

It began, as all great ventures must, with an idea. Cerebral, bespectacled Polish Emigré Czeslaw Bojarsky found himself in postwar Paris with an architectural engineer's degree, a distinguished war record, a wife and child to support—and a language barrier that barred him from practice. He tried making shoes, inventing an electric razor, singing in a national radio contest. Nothing worked. Then, as he later told the judge, "I suddenly remembered the theory of my professor of political economics at the University of Danzig. He said that a man who lights a cigar with his bank note is harming...