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Sunday, December 28, 2008

A "Corny" Con

We've been had, those of us who passed around, read and got emotional, because of that moving Holocaust story of the young boy who who was given apples by a girl when he was imprisoned by the Nazis, and then, too amazing to be true, but the accompanying note said that it was, ended up meeting the woman after the war and marrying her.

This was considered a great story, and he was asked to expand his memoirs into a book. So he did.

Here's the Epilogue:

NEW YORK – The publisher of a disputed Holocaust memoir has canceled the book, adding the name Herman Rosenblat to an increasingly long line of literary fakers and bringing down with a crash his story — embraced by Oprah Winfrey, among others — of meeting his future wife at a Nazi concentration camp.
Rosenblat's "Angel at the Fence" had been scheduled to come out in February, but Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), withdrew the memoir Saturday following allegations by scholars, friends and family members that his tale was untrue.
"Berkley Books is canceling publication of Angel at the Fence after receiving new information from Herman Rosenblat's agent, Andrea Hurst," the publisher said in a statement. "Berkley will demand that the author and the agent return all money that they have received for this work." (complete article)

It fits a holiday period in which we learned from Bernie Madoff that if things seem too good to be true, they probably aren't. At least passing around an email didn't cost us money.

And I still insist that I'm more a pragmatist than a cynic when I say that the Olmert-Livni-Barak Troika's latest war is just a campaign gimmick, a very dangerous and deadly one.


Shy Guy said...

I pointed the following out on several Jewish blogs when this fake story started making the rounds:

Deborah Lipstadt: A Holocaust story that beggars the imagination.

In fact, Deborah has the following new entry (from today) in her blog:

Apples Over the Fence [8]: Finding the Real Culprit

Batya said...

You're smarter than me, I guess.

Shy Guy said...

No. I may, however, google better. :)

I do have to admit that I've become very intuitive to doubting many claims I've read and that hit my inbox. This after being the victim numerous times of so many hoaxes and urban legends in year's past.

In any case, Lipstadt is a real smart cookie. She was one of the first - or perhaps the very first - to spot this.

Batya said...

OK, at least I know not to click letters from links from the unknown and unexpected.

Phyllis Sommer said...

doesn't it just make you crazy!?

Batya said...

Absolutely. The story has since been in all the media.