Misha Defonseka Truth Statement

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Many authors fraudulently claim a piece of history as their own stories in order gain popularity. This is the case with many Holocaust memoirs. Authors turn history and facts into a fictional playing field, which they believe they can use to tell their “stories.” Although the Holocaust was a very serious, dramatic, and depressing time in history, certain authors see it as a way to grasp an audience’s attention. The authors tell a story of their lives transforming from despair to happiness; however, in order to keep this type of work from being seen as a cliché, in which everything turns out perfectly in the end, they attach dates, places, and facts. Misha Defonseca took advantage of the Holocaust’s shocking tales by creating her own fake memoir called Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years. The factual truth of these events does matter because the truth aspect of the memoir is what gives it its extra meaning and importance, so without the truth, such a story loses some value. Misha Defonseca wrote an inspiring memoir about traveling alone across Europe to search for her imprisoned parents and to survive the Holocaust; however, the “memoir” turned out to be completely false. In her memoir, She described being trapped in the Warsaw ghetto, killing a German solider, and the most extreme, being protected of by a pack of wolves during her journey (Gelder). Not only was her entire journey a lie, but also she turned out to not be Jewish. Defonseca defended herself through a release in the Belgium newspaper Le Soir stating, “It is not the true reality but it is my reality.” Defonseca did have a troubling childhood as she claims; however, it does not relate to the one she writes about in her memoir. Some people believe that her own child... ... middle of paper ... ...d recommend[s] books based on [her] connection with the written word and its message” (Baillie). She claims that the publishers should be the ones to define a memoir as a memoir and she will accept the book as the category given to her, and that if it is a memoir, she understands that the dates and facts may be blurred and compressed; however, an argument forms that a memoir should not be composed of blurred and compressed facts, but the simple truth. The most important aspect of Defonseca’s book is the truth; however, when the validity is taken from a memoir, the meaning of it follows. Her book’s themes, messages, and morals derive from the fact that it is a true experience; however, when the truth of the memoir was taken away, the meaning of the memoir was too. Her inspirational story is no longer inspirational when it becomes fictional, causing it to lose value.

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