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Mon Jun 03 09:50:27
Some Germans have to invent fake victims on top of that.


German ‘blogger of the year’ invented her ‘Jewish’ family history, cheated media for years
Published time: 2 Jun, 2019

German historian Marie Sophie Hingst, famous for her blog about family members who perished in the Holocaust, has been caught in a lie. The revelation also put the media, which published her other ‘personal stories’, in a bind.

Hingst, who lives in Dublin, rose to prominence because of her stories about her alleged Jewish ancestors, who tragically died in the times of the Holocaust. These were published on her blog ‘Read on my dear, read on’ (now offline), which she started back in 2013 in Dublin. The blog featured accounts of her grandfather in particular, who she said was killed in the Nazi death camp Auschwitz.

Her exploits did not go unnoticed as, at some point, her blog reached a whopping 240,000 readers while she was named‘blogger of the year’ and awarded by the Golden Bloggers association – the group behind one of the major German social media influencers’ awards.

Hingst was also invited to moderate panel discussions for the association of patrons of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial and frequently spoke on behalf of relatives of the Holocaust victims, according to the German press.

However, her stories which awoke such an echo in her readers’ hearts turned out to be completely made up, as a group of archivists from the German town of Stralsund demonstrated. Hingst indeed mentioned Stralsund as the home town of her family – and rightly so. The town archivists, who were alerted by another German historian about the inaccuracies in her blog posts, found out, though, that her grandfather had never been sent to Auschwitz and was not even a Jew.

He was a Protestant pastor and his wife was a dentist and also a follower of Protestantism, according to Der Spiegel weekly, which was the first to break the story. Actually, none of her relatives were victims of the Holocaust, according to the German media.

This situation looks even more bizarre in the light of the fact that Hingst, who is now in hot water over her bogus stories, did not just manage to persuade her sizeable audience about the existence of as many as 22 fictional Jewish relatives but even deceived Israel’s Jerusalem-based Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and got them to put her 'relatives' in their official remembrance lists by sending them fake ‘Pages of Testimony’.

Now, the German Foreign Ministry has had to alert the memorial about the recent revelations related to the blogger. Hingst herself apparently does not see the problem with her years-long hoax. The historian told Der Spiegel through her lawyer that her blog entries were written with a “considerable degree of artistic freedom.” She also explained that she did it not for the sake of fame but allegedly to combat severe depression. “This is literature, not journalism or historiography.”

Mon Jun 03 10:36:12
5,999,998 it seems.
Mon Jun 03 11:34:06
”Read on my dear, read on”

Cherub Cow
Tue Jun 04 00:49:21
Is it weird that she used the same defense as Alex Jones’ lawyer? I.e., “[It’s art, so excuse the lies]”..
Tue Jun 04 01:12:34
Dear Kitty,
Let's be Frank!
Tue Jun 04 01:32:49
i think it is weird that a blogger is in a controversy for making up a story on his/her blog. i understand the issue with pretending the story to be real based on a real event that happened to millions. but at the same time, how many blogs are real? going back in history, should orson welles have been persecuted for tricking millions of americans into thinking the world was being attacked by aliens? should fake "true stories" be a problem?

fucking germans and their issue with having to accept that their grandparents murdered millions and attempted to wipe out entire groups of people.
Tue Jun 04 07:31:04
Making up stories is fine. Passing them along as real, however, and going so far as to get historical memoirs changed to include your fake family is well beyond just making up stories. Telling stories != misrepresenting reality. Any and all accolades she received, any career advancement she achieved by spinning these lies should be revoked. If a fiction writers association wants to recognize her for her work, alright. Go for it. Her work is within their wheelhouse.

Jail, a public tar and feathering, are well beyond the scope of reasonable punishment.
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