Woman who wrote fake holocaust memoir ordered to return $22M

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BOSTON, MA – Misha Defonseca made millions off her best-selling memoir about the holocaust. But much of the story she relays is fiction. And now she has to pay.

In “Misha: a Memoir of the Holocaust Years,” Defonseca recounts trekking through the forests of Europe. She writes about briefly living amongst the wolves and even being forced to stab a Nazi solider to death after her parents were arrested when she was a young girl. But it’s not true. In 2008, researchers had trouble finding her family history and ultimately Defonseca admitted the truth.

She was in school in Brussels during the war, and she’s not Jewish. But her parents were both arrested for being part of the anti-Nazi movement.

Defonseca reportedly justifies her story because the treatment she got after her parents were locked up made her “feel Jewish.”

That didn’t make a judge feel bad. Now Defonseca’s has to pay her publisher back more than $22 million (she had previously sued Mt. Ivy Press and its founder Jane Daniel for hiding profits).