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Textual DeceptionsFalse Memoirs and Literary Hoaxes in the Contemporary Era$
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Sue Vice

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748675555

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748675555.001.0001

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False and Embellished Holocaust Testimony

False and Embellished Holocaust Testimony

(p.142) Chapter 6 False and Embellished Holocaust Testimony
Textual Deceptions

Sue Vice

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter studies false and embellished Holocaust testimonies. In Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments and Bernard Holstein's Stolen Soul, the authors appear to be genuinely delusional about their childhood experiences and the historical context in which these took place. In relation to embellished testimonies, Deli Strummer attributes the inaccuracies in her recall in A Reflection of the Holocaust to the overwhelming nature of camp existence. Martin Gray's account in his For Those I Loved, which consists of his deportation to and taking part in the revolt in the death camp Treblinka, contains anomalies in his description of the camp. In his An Angel at the Fence, Herman Rosenblat added an invented element of romantic salvation to the real story of his survival from the concentration camp of Buchenwald as a teenager. While a Holocaust narrative serves as redemption for the loss of her parents during the war, only Misha Defonseca eventually confessed that her highly successful testimony in Surviving with Wolves was made up.

Keywords:   Binjamin Wilkomirski, Fragments, Bernard Holstein, Stolen Soul, Deli Strummer, A Reflection of the Holocaust, Martin Gray, For Those I Loved, Misha Defonseca, Surviving with Wolves

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