Woman who wrote fake Holocaust memoir ordered to pay $22.5M back to publisher

Woman who wrote fake Holocaust memoir ordered to pay $22.5M back to publisher

[Ed. – She may not be Jewish, but she understands full well the meaning of “chutzpah.”]

A Belgium-born Massachusetts woman who admitted to fabricating a best-selling memoir about her experiences during World War II and the Holocaust has been ordered to pay back $22.5 million to her publisher.

Judge Marc Kantrowitz issued what he called “the third, and hopefully last” opinion in the case April 29. It confirmed a 2012 court ruling setting aside a pervious [sic] verdict awarding Misha Defonseca millions of dollars due to her publisher’s “highly improper representations and activities.”

The ruling appears to be the final chapter of a 17-year story that began when Defonseca’s book “Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years” was published in 1997.

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In her book, Defonseca, now 76, recounted trekking through the forests of Europe after her parents were arrested by the Nazis, at one point living with wolves and fatally stabbing a Nazi soldier — all while she was between the ages of 7 and 11.


In fact, Defonseca — born Monica Ernestine Josephine De Wael — was enrolled in a Brussels school during World War II, and wasn’t even Jewish. Her parents were arrested because they were part of the anti-Nazi resistance. [Emphasis added]

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