April 19, 2000 Web posted at: 2:45 PM EDT (1845
author's house searched in fraud
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) --
Swiss investigators have searched
the house of the author of a disputed book of
Holocaust memoirs, an official said Wednesday.
Bruno Doessekker is accused of deception
in publishing "Fragments:
Memories of a Wartime Childhood" under the
name Binjamin Wilkomirski, said prosecutor
Officials wouldn't say what they were looking
Lawyer Manfred Kuhn filed the complaint
against Doessekker, saying he had defrauded him,
and thousands of others, out of the cost of the
The award-winning book has been published in
more than a dozen languages. The author claimed to
be a Latvian Jew who at age 3 or 4 saw his father
beaten to death while imprisoned in a concentration
camp in Poland. He said he recovered details of his
childhood during therapy.
Kuhn's complaint followed a decision by
Suhrkamp-Verlag, publishers of the original German
version, to recall hardback copies of the book
after a historian the firm had commissioned raised
concerns that the story was a fabrication.
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