Saturday, March 01, 2008

That's One Big Ass Fib

Misha Defonseca, the Belgian woman who wrote Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years, has admitted that her story was a hoax. rather than try to paraphrase, i will just quote this article:

[...]the author acknowledged her story was not autobiographical and that she did not trek 1,900 miles as a child across Europe with a pack of wolves in search of her deported parents during World War II.


Defonseca wrote in her book that Nazis seized her parents when she was a child, forcing her to wander the forests and villages of Europe alone for four years. She claimed she found herself trapped in the Warsaw ghetto, killed a Nazi soldier in self-defense and was adopted by a pack of wolves that protected her.
Ms. Defonseca is not even Jewish. her parents were, however, killed by the Nazis because they belonged to the Belgian resistance.


joe said...

This did sound a little nutso when I read it in yesterday's paper, but I think the world (especially the literary/publishing world) would be better off if they accepted the fact that "memoirs" are only half-true, at most.

I mean, come ON: people actually believed that she had roamed across Europe with a PACK of WOLVES? During World War II? Uh...

I read it in a book; it must be true.

emily1 said...

no kidding. i wondered why the pack of wolves story didn't tip anyone off.

emily2 said...

pack of wolves in germany? totally untrue! it was actually a pack of hyenas in poland!