turn the page: misha a memoir of the holocaust years
Of all the fake Holocaust memoirs that have been uncovered this one struck me as the weirdest. The woman, Misha Defonseca, who has since revealed herself to be Monique De Wael, supposedly the daughter of Belgian resistance fighters, claimed to have lived with wolves in the woods in her efforts to avoid the Nazis. It turns out that the whole thing came entirely from her imagination. If she wanted to make a point about the war, which her book obviously did, given that it convinced people until a genealogist started to uncover discrepancies, why did she not just sell it as such? Namely a work of fiction. With the understandable levels of sensitivity around the subject of the Holocaust how does one convince themselves that they are going to get away with such an enterprise? I think her motivations were not bad, just perhaps naive — she is not evil of course, but severely misguided. People take those who deny the Holocaust very seriously — she is lucky they do not take the writers of fake memoirs the same.
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