The strange tale of 'cousin Binjamin'

New Yorker Blake Eskin has had a special reason to be interested in the case of Binjamin Wilkomirski, whose book Fragments (published in the UK by Picador) apparently described fractured memories of childhood incarceration in Auschwitz and was first hailed as a masterpiece, before two years later being exposed as pure fantasy.

In the midst of his success in the 1990s, Wilkomirski claimed to be a cousin of Eskin's family, sharing a great-grandmother who had lived in Riga in the early 20th century. He seemed to be a descendent of Avram, a Wilkomirski brother who had disappeared when the Nazi...

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