A searing account of the rise and fall of the author of Fragments, told by a descendant of the Wilkomirskis of Riga.In 1997, Binjamin Wilkomirski arrived in New York to read from his prize-winning book Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood, his memoir of an early childhood lost to the concentration camps at Majdanek and Auschwitz, and to raise money for the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. This orphaned survivor also came as the guest of honor to the family reunion of the Wilburs (once Wilkomirskis). The Wilburs hoped to trace the unrecorded link between the Wilkomirskis of Riga in Latvia and the name that Binjamin remembered. The Wilburs and the media embraced Binjamin as a humanitarian whose eloquent story typified that of many child survivors.
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Blake Eskin has written for The New Yorker, the Forward, and other publications. He lives in New York City.
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Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2003. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In 1997, Binjamin Wilkomirski came to New York to read from his prize-winning memoir, "Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood; " raise money for the Holocaust Museum; and look for long-lost relatives. A year later, he was exposed as a gentile impostor. Eskin recounts the battle over Wilkomirski in the media, the survivor community, and his own family. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0393324451