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Another fake memoir

Rosen If, still mired in the excesses of the holiday season, you haven't heard the story of North Miami resident Herman Rosenblat and his incredible - and apparently partially invented - tale of falling in love in a Nazi concentration camp, you should check out The Herald's story on the subject.

Berkley Books has canceled publication of his book, entitled Angel at the Fence, citing a report from Rosenblat's agent; it was due out in February. Rosenblat had been on Oprah twice; wonder if she'll let him have it for duping her?

Love From what I can glean, Rosenblat is indeed a Holocaust survivor; but his story about falling in love with a little girl who threw him fruit over the fence at the camp and then meeting her years later in the U.S. is about as true as Love and Consequences: A Memoir of Hope and Survival, last year's notorious fake saga about a little white girl in L.A. running drugs with the Bloods (or was it the Crips? or Spook Street? One Niners, maybe?) Turns out the only thing the author was running was her mouth; she went to an exclusive school and was busted by her own sister.

Why do people make up stories and try to pass them off as true? I mean, I get the money and fame thing. The bigger question is in this climate - now that publishers are actually thinking, say, maybe we should vet some of this stuff - how do you think you're going to get away with it? Can't you just write a novel and be done with the fact checking?

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Patrick

I understand how things that happened long ago can get hazy...I agree why not say up front; I was a survivor and here is a story I crafted from my experiences. Perhaps the new love of "reality" has seeped from TV to books. And reality TV is about as real as a James Frey autobiography.

Scott

The Rosenblat story is so sad. Why is Atlantic Pictures making a film based on a lie? Why didn't Oprah check the story out before publicizing it, especially after James Frey and given that many bloggers like Deborah Lipstadt said in 2007 that the Rosenblat's story couldn't be true.
Genuine love stories from the Holocaust do exist. My favorite is the one about Dina Gottliebova Babbitt - the beautiful young art student who painted Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on the children's barracks at Auschwitz to cheer them up. This painting became the reason Dina and her Mother survived Auschwitz. After the end of the war, Dina applied for an art job in Paris. Unbeknownst to Dina, her interviewer was the lead animator on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. They fell in love and got married. It's such a romantic love story. Another reason I love Dina's story is the tremendous courage she had to paint the mural in the first place. Painting the mural for the children caused her to be taken to Dr. Mengele, the Angel of Death. She thought she was going to be gassed, but bravely she stood up to Mengele and he made her his portrait painter, saving herself and her mother from the gas chamber.

Dina's story is also verified to be true. Some of the paintings she did for Mengele in Auschwitz survived the war and are at the Auschwitz Birkenau Museum. The story of her painting the mural of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on the children's barrack has been corroborated by many other Auschwitz prisoners, and of course her love and marriage to the animator of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the Disney movie after the war in Paris is also documented.

Why wasn't the Rosenblatt's story checked out before it was published and picked up to have the movie made?? I would like to see true and wonderful stories like Dina's be publicized, not these hoax tales that destroy credibility and trust.

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