Fake Holocaust Memoirist Owes $22.5M


misha-a-memoire-of-the-holocaust-yearsMisha Defonseca wrote a harrowing tale about surviving the Holocaust by fleeing the Nazis and being raised by wolves. Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years was not only a successful memoir when it published in 1997, it was made into an Italian opera and a French film. Unfortunately, it was all completely fabricated, and now Defonseca will have to pay the price: $22.5 million. A Massachusetts judge ordered her to return the money to her publisher, Mt. Ivy Press.

Ironically, the fabrication would not have been uncovered if there hadn’t been a lawsuit involving her publisher hiding royalties from her. The ruling is “the third, and hopefully last” said Judge Marc Kantrowitz. Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. The lady is not a Yid, while her character is. Her novel was a commercial success and I recall it being covered in detail on the German massmedia and elsewhere in Europe as a work of fiction written by an elderly, lonely woman who lives with dozens of pets.