Anger, sadness over fabricated Holocaust story

"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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked because so many people keep sending this to me.

As for the "other kind" of emails screaming that I am an anti-Semite ("Rivero" is a Sephardic name, BTW), yes there is a real reason to post all these articles about holocaust books that turn out to be fakes, including the above, "Fragments: Memories of a Childhood", "Painted Bird", and "Misha". Even that venerable icon of holocaust worship, "The Diary of Anne Frank" has come into doubt, both because of the ball point pen (unavailable to Anne during the war) used to write portions of the original manuscript, and the emergence of records of a lawsuit by a ghost writer hired by Otto Frank to turn the pieces of legitimate writings by his daughter into a salable propaganda commodity.

The point is this. In the middle of all these revealed hoaxes, there seems to be a total dearth of memoirs that can survive a close examination. Elie Weisel's book has come under suspicion of being fictional. Emilie Schindler, Oskar's widow, said that the film "Schindler's List" was filled with lies. And the famous sketch of three executed Jews by Simon Wiesenthal was revealed as having been traced from a photograph of three German soldiers shot for desertion!


Wiesenthal's drawing.


The original photo.

Right now, with Tzipi Livni insisting that Israel is not killing civilians in Gaza even as the bodies of children pile up, it is clear that Israel has a very tenuous relationship to truth. And Israel gets by with their by-way-of-deceptions only because good people will not point out the lies.

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