Fake Holocaust Memoirist Owes $22.5M

    A picture taken on February 29 2008 in Paris, shows the best-seller book of Belgian author, known as Misha Defonseca, "Surviving with Wolves", about how she was adopted by wolves after her parents were seized by the Nazis in 1941. Defonseca, 80, who lives in the United States, admitted on February 28 2008, made the admission to the Belgian newspaper Le Soir daily, weeks after the release of the hit Franco-Belgian film "Survivre avec les Loups" (Surviving with Wolves). Defonseca (Minique de Wael, her real name) admitted that her family weren't even Jewish though they were deported from Belgium and killed during the war.  AFP PHOTO OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI (Photo credit should read OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images)


    Misha 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 movie. 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.

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