Allegedly Jewish blogger is impostor
Around 240,000 regular readers are said to have had their blog last, but now it's offline. The operator pretended to be a descendant of Jewish Holocaust victims. Now she has been exposed as a fraud.
With invented stories about alleged Jewish ancestors, the German blogger Marie Sophie Hingst is said to have deceived her readers and the archive of the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem. This is what the "Spiegel" reports on its homepage. Research by a suspicious reader and the Stralsund City Archives found the impostor. Hingst had claimed that her relatives had lived in the Baltic city.
The 31-year-old, who lives in Dublin, is said to have submitted 22 fake "victim sheets" to Yad Vashem. These are supposed to give the impression that large parts of her family were murdered during the Nazi era. The historian, who holds a doctorate, came from a Protestant family, as the Stralsund City Archives document. In addition, only three of the alleged Holocaust victims actually existed.
In view of the contradictions and inconsistencies that have repeatedly arisen, attentive readers have finally become suspicious. The Brandenburg historian Gabriele Bergner from Teltow near Berlin was one of the first to become suspicious. She had talked to "a small team of researchers" about Hingst's "fantasies".
As the "Spiegel" reports, stories about a slum clinic founded in India and the counselling of Syrian refugees in Germany should not be true either. These stories also made Bergner suspicious, especially as photos and precise time and place information were missing. After all, the historian turned to the "Spiegel". When Spiegel confronted the blogger with the accusations, she had her lawyer tell her that her texts were literature, not journalism.
Hingst is well known in the blogger scene. In 2017, she was named "Blogger of the Year" in the category "Blogger of the Year" according to "Spiegel" in the "Golden Bloggers" award. A year later, she was awarded a Financial Times prize. In March, she published an illustrated book: "Kunstgeschichte als Brotbelag" (Art History as Bread topping), in which famous paintings were recreated as bread toppings. Her blog is said to have recently had around 240,000 regular readers. By now it is no longer accessible.
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