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    Misha Defonseca

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    (Monique de Wael)
    May 12, 1937 —

    In the 1990s, Misha Defonseca wrote an autobiography, "Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years", which immediately became a worldwide bestseller.

    The book told of a young Jewish girl who lost her parents during World War II. Misha traveled through war-torn Europe, somehow managing to survive. Defonseca wrote about fighting off and killing a Nazi rapist, and that wasn't even the most astonishing part. The young girl was taken in by a pack of wolves, and, like a real-life "Jungle Book", lived with them as one of their own, surviving on worms and entrails. No wonder the readers ate up this amazing story. The French even made into a movie in 2007.

    One small... okay, one BIG problem.

    None of it were true.

    The supposed autobiography was all made-up, which obviously caused quite a stir among the millions duped. Misha Defonseca turned out to be a pseudonym of Monique de Wael, who, yes, survived the War, but never ventured through Europe. Never stabbed a Nazi rapist. And never, definitely never lived with wolves. Except in her wildest imagination, that is.

    But the biggest lie?

    She wasn't even Jewish.

    Verdict: Not a Jew.

    October 18, 2011

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    Jerzy Kosinski

    George Santos

    Count of St. Germain
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