The Death of Marie Sophie Hingst: Why It Was Right to Report on Her Lies

In June, I wrote an article exposing fabrications in Marie Sophie Hingst’s blog about Jewish family members who allegedly died in the Holocaust. In mid-July, she was found dead in her apartment. Now, I am grappling with the question of whether my reporting was necessary.

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