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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Author of Holocaust Bestseller Admits Content Is Fiction

Misha Defonseca, the author of Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years, has admitted that the bestseller is fiction, and that she never lived with wolves in the forest to escape the Nazis, as she claimed to recall in the memoir. Although the book was a bestseller, many historians of the Holocaust thought the book was "a fake", as surgeon Serge Aroles, an expert on wolf-children research, says.

Ms. Defonseca, whose real name is apparently Monique De Waal, said she created the story to escape the reality of what she experienced as a child living in occupied Belgium. Ms. Defonseca and her publisher went to court over profits from the book in 2005, and the author and her ghostwriter, Vera Lee, prevailed; now the publisher, Jane Daniel, indicates she will try to get that verdict reversed. Read more here in a story from CNN. Read about the lawsuit over the book, an argument over copyright and authorship, here in a Boston Globe article.

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