Author of Fake Holocaust Memoir Loses $22.5M Case
Misha Defonseca claimed she spent WWII with pack of wolves
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2014 6:11 AM CDT
Misha Defonseca smirks during proceedings at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass.   (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

(Newser) A woman who made up a best-selling memoir about spending her World War II childhood living with wolves in Europe's forests after her parents were arrested by the Nazis has been ordered to repay her publisher a whopping $22.5 million. After an earlier legal dispute with Misha Defonseca in which she was awarded $32.4 million, the publisher managed to dig up proof that the author of Misha: A Memoir of the Holocaust Years had actually spent the war living with her grandparents in Brussels—and that she wasn't Jewish, as she had claimed, Courthouse News reports

The publisher found that the author was born Monica Ernestine Josephine De Wael, not Misha Levy, and she had been enrolled in school during the war years, reports the Times of Israel. After the deception was first uncovered, Defonseca, whose book claimed that she had stabbed a Nazi to death and covered thousands of miles searching for her parents, said that she had "always felt Jewish." She argued that she had believed the memoir was true while she was writing it, but the Massachusetts court that found against her decided that argument didn't alter the facts of the case.

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May 13, 2014 2:45 AM CDT
I never thought I would live to see the day where the denial of the Holocaust and the overall carnage of WWII would have any credibility... I know....Let's repeat the mistakes.....
Mark Dreher
May 12, 2014 1:54 PM CDT
"Living with wolves" That, was not a hint?
May 12, 2014 12:19 PM CDT
After WW2 the Zionists and Soviets both made up evidence and made up their own facts about the holocaust, after the war Eisenhower put the Germans in what was essentially death camps. America claims to be the beacon of freedom and justice but we steal tactics from tyrants and criminals, we cheer on the winning side even when that side is wrong and wicked. First they said 7 million jews died in the holocaust, then it was 6 then they changed the official plaque at Auschwitz to say 3 million, who knows it's probably a lot lower than that. If they lied about the 6 or 7 million who's to believe anything they claim? and most importantly does it make their imperialism justified?