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Posted: 28 December 2008 09:04 PM   [ Ignore ]
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“Herman Rosenblat and his wife are the most gentle, loving, beautiful people,” literary agent Andrea Hurst said Sunday, anguishing over why she, and so many others, were taken by Rosenblat’s story of love born on opposite sides of a barbed-wire fence at a concentration camp.

“I question why I never questioned it. I believed it; it was an incredible, hope-filled story.”

On Saturday, Berkley Books canceled Rosenblat’s memoir, “Angel at the Fence.” Rosenblat acknowledged that he and his wife did not meet, as they had said for years, at a sub-camp of Buchenwald, where she allegedly sneaked him apples and bread. The book was supposed to come out in February.

Rosenblat, 79, has been married to the former Roma Radzicky for 50 years, since meeting her on a blind date in New York. In a statement issued Saturday through his agent, he described himself as an advocate of love and tolerance who falsified his past to better spread his message.

“I wanted to bring happiness to people,” said Rosenblat, who now lives in the Miami area. “I brought hope to a lot of people. My motivation was to make good in this world.”

Rosenblat’s believers included not only his agent and his publisher, but Oprah Winfrey, film producers, journalists, family members and strangers who ignored, or didn’t know about, the warnings from scholars that his story didn’t make sense.

Other Holocaust memoirists have devised greater fantasies. Misha Defonseca, author of “Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years,” pretended she was a Jewish girl who lived with wolves during the war, when she was actually a non-Jew who lived, without wolves, in Belgium.

Historical records prove Rosenblat was indeed at Buchenwald and other camps.

“How sad that he felt he had to embellish a life of surviving the Holocaust and of being married for half a century,” said Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum.

The damage is broad. Publishing, the most trusting of industries, has again been burned by a memoir that fact-checking might have prevented. Berkley is an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), which in March pulled Margaret B. Jones’ “Love and Consequences” after the author acknowledged she had invented her story of gang life in Los Angeles. Winfrey fell, as she did with James Frey, for a narrative of suffering and redemption better suited for television than for history.

The damage is deep. Scholars and other skeptics as well as fellow survivors fear that Rosenblat’s fabrications will only encourage doubts about the Holocaust.

“I am very worried because many of us speak to thousands of student each year,” says Sidney Finkel, a longtime friend of Rosenblat’s and a fellow survivor. “We go before audiences. We tell them a story and now some people will question what I experienced.”

“This was not Holocaust education but miseducation,” Ken Waltzer, director of Jewish Studies at Michigan State University, said in a statement.

“Holocaust experience is not heartwarming, it is heart rending. All this shows something about the broad unwillingness in our culture to confront the difficult knowledge of the Holocaust,” Waltzer said. “All the more important then to have real memoirs that tell of real experience in the camps.”

Among the fooled, at least the partially fooled, was Berenbaum, former director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Berenbaum had been asked to read the manuscript by film producer Harris Salomon, who still plans an adaptation of the book.

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Posted: 28 December 2008 11:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Well welcome stalin any chance you be russian? Anyways there is nothing wrong with this unless you make it a historical fiction but it really is a sad tale

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Posted: 28 December 2008 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Stalin, are you a Holocaust denier?  Have we seen you here before under other names?

What’s with “yet another”?  Have there been a rash of fabricated Holocaust stories?

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Posted: 28 December 2008 11:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Joe, please don’t make assumptions about new posters.  Nowhere does Stalin advertise that he’s a Holocaust denier.  In fact, when I first started reading his post, I was tempted to actually move it to the News section of the forum.

Stalin could be referring to this about a fictional Holocaust memoir as being the first (or at least most recent on this site) of Holocaust stories.

I’ve also spotted that the story that Stalin’s linked to has also appeared on Snopes.

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Posted: 29 December 2008 12:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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JoeDaJuggler - 29 December 2008 04:40 AM

What’s with “yet another”?  Have there been a rash of fabricated Holocaust stories?

Yes, actually, there have.  One was mentioned in the article, in fact.

At least in this case the person actually was a survivor of one of the camps, as opposed to some of the others who weren’t even anywhere near them.  Still, this is going to do nothing but add fuel to the people who do deny the whole thing.  I wonder why he didn’t think that meeting his wife on a blind date and hitting it off was romantic enough?

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Posted: 29 December 2008 08:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Smerk - 29 December 2008 04:51 AM

Joe, please don’t make assumptions about new posters.  Nowhere does Stalin advertise that he’s a Holocaust denier.  In fact, when I first started reading his post, I was tempted to actually move it to the News section of the forum.

Stalin could be referring to this about a fictional Holocaust memoir as being the first (or at least most recent on this site) of Holocaust stories.

I’ve also spotted that the story that Stalin’s linked to has also appeared on Snopes.


I’ve seen new posters bashed for “necroposting”. One new guy left because he dared compare himself to Gary Larson and got verbally pummeled for it.  (His post wasn’t very interesting to me personally, but it wasn’t offensive or mean spirited)  The fact is a lot of these people Google something, and we come up.  Maybe it’s an old post and they have something to say and don’t look at the date (or God forbid, they don’t care about the date.)  Maybe they start a new thread.

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Posted: 29 December 2008 09:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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It’s the “yet another” in the thread title that got me thinking that way.  Also, the fabricated parts of this story wasn’t the Holocaust.

The rest of Stalin’s post, if I’m reading it correctly,  was just a quoted news story (which I’d already read about in the news) without quote tags.

Smerk, I wasn’t making any assumptions.  That’s why I asked straight up.  I hate to have a conversation with a denier who doesn’t come out and make their denial.  (Yes, I’ve done that before.)  It’s like talking to a 9-11 Conspiracy Theorist.  They’ll make leading questions but seldom come out and say what they really think happened. 

Acci, a rash of stories is two?  Have there been more?

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Posted: 29 December 2008 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Well… Yes the girl who claims to have lived with wolves in WW2 hiding and yeah other crazy stories

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Posted: 29 December 2008 03:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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JoeDaJuggler - 29 December 2008 02:40 PM

Acci, a rash of stories is two?  Have there been more?

Yep, there have been more reported in the news lately.  You just know that something like the Holocaust is going to be the sort of thing that will attract all sorts of fakers and con-artists and the like, so there’s always been people pretending to have gone through it or through certain events in it that didn’t happen.  I think they’ve been in the news more lately due to the relatively high-profile case with that woman who wrote the book about being raised by wolves and all that.

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Posted: 29 December 2008 06:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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JoeDaJuggler - 29 December 2008 02:40 PM

It’s the “yet another” in the thread title that got me thinking that way.  Also, the fabricated parts of this story wasn’t the Holocaust.

The rest of Stalin’s post, if I’m reading it correctly,  was just a quoted news story (which I’d already read about in the news) without quote tags.

Smerk, I wasn’t making any assumptions.  That’s why I asked straight up.  I hate to have a conversation with a denier who doesn’t come out and make their denial.  (Yes, I’ve done that before.)  It’s like talking to a 9-11 Conspiracy Theorist.  They’ll make leading questions but seldom come out and say what they really think happened.

I’m with JoeDaJuggler on this one. The title is suggestive, and knowing that the hoax-section has had its share of Holocaust deniers recently, I had the same suspicions as Joe has.

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Posted: 30 December 2008 10:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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The title, his screen-name and the fact that this is his first post made me immediately suspicious, though his post itself was right on topic once I read it. It would be nice if he would come back to clear things up.

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Posted: 30 December 2008 10:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Yes But i think joe might have insulted him a bit but we must remember to read everything before we post, a mistake i made a lot of times

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