Bob talks to first time novelist Boris Fishman about “A Replacement Life.” It’s about a struggling young writer who forges Holocaust restitution claims for Soviet Jews living in New York City. The book is a work of fiction, but Fishman got the idea for the story after helping his grandmother, who escaped from the Minsk ghetto during World War Two, fill out her restitution claim. Fishman wondered if people ever just made stuff up, to get the money. So he wasn’t surprised when dozen people were indicted in 2010 for forging Holocaust stories, to the tune of $50 million. Fishman’s novel, A Replacement Life imagines and humanizes people who would have done such a thing. Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, Belarus, and used to be a fact checker for The New Yorker magazine. [Broadcast Date: July 2, 2014]
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