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Yet Another Faux Memoir Exposed

Posted on Dec 30, 2008
AP photo / J. Pat Carter

Herman and Roma Rosenblat at their home in North Miami Beach, Fla., in September.

The fluidity of memory aside, this is getting a little strange: Following in the footsteps of James Frey, Misha Defonseca and Margaret Seltzer, yet another “memoirist,” Herman Rosenblat, has admitted that his supposedly true story, “Angel at the Fence,” is a bit lacking in the truth department.

The New York Times:

After several scholars and family members attacked Mr. Rosenblat’s story in articles last week in The New Republic, Mr. Rosenblat confessed on Saturday to Ms. Hurst and Mr. Salomon that he had concocted the core of his tale. Ms. Hurst said that in an emotional telephone call with herself and Mr. Salomon, Mr. Rosenblat said his wife had never tossed him apples over the fence.

In a statement released through his agent, Mr. Rosenblat wrote that he had once been shot during a robbery and that while he was recovering in the hospital, “my mother came to me in a dream and said that I must tell my story so that my grandchildren would know of our survival from the Holocaust.”

He said that after the incident he began to write. “I wanted to bring happiness to people, to remind them not to hate, but to love and tolerate all people,” he wrote in the statement. “I brought good feelings to a lot of people and I brought hope to many. My motivation was to make good in this world. In my dreams, Roma will always throw me an apple, but I now know it is only a dream.”

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By Nozferatu, January 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

The Holocaust Industry…pretty much says it all. 

They’ve been milking the world for the last 60 years.

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By jaz k, January 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm Link to this comment
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until you make them good ones. then you might keep them. i have no clue as to why one memory is considered true another false—having been privy to many a family reunion memory- it’s always 3 different stories about the same memory. in the end- this was a feel good story-not a fraud to really give a rat’s fanny about.

let the old survivors think they killed hitler - make a better book too.

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By Little Brother, January 6, 2009 at 7:09 am Link to this comment

“The only way Irene could keep the diamonds hidden was to swallow and retrieve them over and over again. She did this for 15 months.”

And each time she said, “Here we go again!  Oh, shit!”

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By Allan Gurfinkle, January 5, 2009 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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Yet another amazing holocaust book announced today….

“Her mother gave her four diamonds to be used to buy bread

“A resident of Pembroke Pines since 1990, Zisblatt recently discussed her book and appearance in Steven Spielberg’s documentary, The Last Days, at Nova Southeastern University.

“In 1942, when she was 11, her mother, Rachel, sewed the diamonds into the hem of her skirt before she was taken by the Nazis to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.


“Zisblatt’s entire family was killed in the gas chambers, and those four diamonds were the last mementoes of them. The only way Irene could keep the diamonds hidden was to swallow and retrieve them over and over again. She did this for 15 months.”

Hey, I believe it !

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By Little Brother, January 5, 2009 at 8:59 am Link to this comment

Holocaust expert Michael Berenbaum says “any memoir based on the memories of a survivor is verifiable only by him or her alone” in defense of Rosenblatt’s [sic] memoir.

I trust that the above-cited quotation made more sense in context.  Mr. Rosenblat admitted that his work, offered as a (heartwarming) “true story”, was actually a fictionalized account which improved upon actual events.  In other words, he made stuff up, and eventually confessed to doing so.

“Holocaust expert” or not, if Mr. Berenbaum is claiming that there’s nothing wrong with perpetrating a fraud—even a seemingly sweet, good-natured fraud aimed at the “Oprah” target demographic—he’s only advertising a sow’s ear as a silk purse.  Shame on him, too!

Stephen Colbert coined the term “truthiness” to mock the idea of professed “truth” that comes from the gut, not from books.  If Mr. Rosenblat had written his “true story” purely from the facts, or had published his embellished version as fiction, the work could be judged on its merits.

But the suggestion that the willful mendacity and deceit by the author is pardonable or irrelevant because the book is so “truthy” is specious at best.

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By Itstime, January 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm Link to this comment
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Another typical prime example of how the Jewish-owned media controls the daily “News” consumption for those >moronic Gentiles< at a time when the >60-year massacres< of the Palestinian people by the “Nazi”-forces of Israel
is presently going on.
And while this current outrage is being condemned by every civilized nation around the world(in huge rallies and demonstrations against this racist Jewish regime)the >stupid average American Moron< is being served the “Medication”-Bedtime Treatment >..........yet another Holocaust Fairy Tale< !
Rather than finally focusing and refusing to being served the same old,same old <Horseshit<- Lies they were served for too long,the masses should instead wake up and call out for the
immediate stoppage of all the >60 Billions annual< these people receive at tax-payers expense
...which,in itself, is an insult to any “common human wisdom” in the first place! Think about it for a moment:here we give away >Billions< to some Nazi-like state that behaves >Israel,Israel uber alles< when at the same time people in this country live on the street and eating nothing but .. dogfood .. how disgusting and sickening !

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By Shlomo Ben Katchor, January 4, 2009 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment
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Another victory for Zion. Silly goys, so easily fooled.

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By Allan Gurfinkle, January 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment
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Holocaust expert Michael Berenbaum says “any memoir based on the memories of a survivor is verifiable only by him or her alone” in defense of Rosenblatt’s memoir. The publisher and author also defend the book which will publish in Feb….. read about it here ...

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By cameralens5, January 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps Berkley Books had visions of dollar signs dancing in their heads and
didn’t concern themselves with whether or not the story was true. Or perhaps
publishers’ concerns with a 20% profit margin have eliminated such jobs as
fact checkers, copy editors, and proofreaders.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 2, 2009 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

By Ed Harges, January 2 at 1:47 am #

re: By Fadel Abdallah, January 1 at 7:38 pm:

The book is called “The Holocaust Industry” — a very apt title, as the book well documents.
Thank Ed Harges for helping me with the exact title of the book “The Holocaust Industry.”

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By sab, January 2, 2009 at 3:23 am Link to this comment
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The list of “non-fiction” books on Holocaust is embarrasing Jews for a long time and probably helping the Holocaust Deniers in their absurd claims.

I hope this nonsense will stop soon and Jews will be a little more skeptical in future before accepting every holocaust “memoir” as a FACT.

I think it started off by one of the first holocaust “autobiographical” frauds “The Painted Bird”.

Then we had Wilkomirski’s book “Fragments” which was exposed as a fraud by the renowned Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg.

Now we have Mr.Rosenblat.

These “memoirs” are shaming the Jewish people.

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By Ed Harges, January 2, 2009 at 1:47 am Link to this comment

re: By Fadel Abdallah, January 1 at 7:38 pm:

The book is called “The Holocaust Industry” — a very apt title, as the book well documents.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 1, 2009 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment

Don’t be too harsh on Herman Rosenblat! After all, he took advantage of a tragic situation to benefit materially and make a profit like many of his fellow Jews did! Fortunately, as a result of Rosenblat lie no blood was shed nor a large amount of money was stolen! If you compare his lie to that of George Bush and gang and to that of his fellow Jew Madoff, then he comes relatively as a very innocent man!

It’s generally believed that Israel has taken full advantage of the Holocaust to both benefit materially from the tragedy and use it as a blackmailing technique against those who criticize their terrorist policies and brutalities.

I heard about a book written by a Jew criticizing Israel for making out of the Holocaust a profiteering industry. I cannot recall the title of the book, but I think the author is Norman Finkelstein whose academic career at De Paul University in Chicago was destroyed by the fanatic Zionist Allan Dershowitch of Harvard University simply because he was a warrior for the truth.

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By octopus, January 1, 2009 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

After you live for awhile you to come to realize that there is little difference between fiction and non-fiction. We are all historical revisionists. There is no such thing as Objectivity.
Buy the book, enjoy the story, it has value in and of itself.
oprah needs to get over herself.

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By Blackspeare, January 1, 2009 at 8:44 am Link to this comment

One thing about man is to the ability to fantasize and create fact from fiction.  For every person or article that is exposed there are perhaps ten that are not——the trick is to find them.  There are people in high positions with falsified resumes.  I, personally, know one person who never went to college for one day, yet his cousin, with the same name and close to his age got his PhD from a known university and voila a ready made resume.  Needless to say he was able to parlay that phony doctorate into a fruitful career——you gotta love it!

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By boredwell, December 31, 2008 at 9:05 am Link to this comment

Had Mr Rosenblat put the “memoir” forth as fiction he would have been able to tell the “truth” of his dream. But then, by unearthing the facts, it proves that fact is stranger than fiction. It also proves that there are people out there who are assiduously vigilant and are willing and capable of flipping over the coin to discover what’s underneath the glossy surface. These are history’s whistle blowers. They should be applauded for demanding veracity, something which serves readers now and will continue to do so in the future. Tall tales may have literary charm but forfeit a place on the shelf when masquerading as truth.

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By Allan Gurfinkle, December 31, 2008 at 6:41 am Link to this comment
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No one cares if the Rosenblatt’s memoirs are true or false, as they are relatively innocuous, let’s consider a more pointed example. In Elie Weisel’s memoir ‘Night’, which is generally regarded as factual, he writes the sentence “Babies were thrown into the air and the machine gunners used them as targets.”  There is no context or corroboration, it is recorded as an observation of one of the characters in the book.  The villains are of course the Nazis.  Think about it for more than a moment. Is it plausible or even possible?  Do you believe it?  If the sentence is true, it is a damning indictment.  What is it if it is false?

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By Allan Gurfinkle, December 30, 2008 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment
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It is not a matter of great import whether or not Rosenblatt’s memoirs are true.  It’s a love story, not an indictment.  They do raise a question however, and that is - which memoirs, and which testimonies, are true, and how do we know?

The introduction to “Eyewitness Auschwitz - Three Years in a Gas Chamber”, by Filip Muller, is by the Yehuda Bauer, the director of Yad Vashem, and it begins “This is a unique document indeed.  Filip Mueller is the only man who saw the Jewish people die and lived to tell about it.”  Is Bauer’s remarkable introduction true?

Beyond that, is Mueller’s book true, and, how do we know?  Many of the frauds have fooled the authorities and public alike for years. 

My suggestion is to get Mueller’s book, and read it.  Then, ask yourself the question, is it true?

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By dihey, December 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment

I hope that this “faux memoir” does not overshadow the heroism of numerous incarcerated women who smuggled food into the men section of concentration camps and vice verso. It has happened. There have also been occasions such as at camp Saulgau in Southern Germany where some of the population threw apples and potatoes at inmates passing by either on foot or in open trucks.

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By eileen fleming, December 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

Dear Little Brother,

my intent was only to raise awareness that some memoirs can be trusted.

this little sister can stand up to the gates of hell-any Zionist and even a grilling by Mr. Bill or Hannity.

little sister e

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By Little Brother, December 30, 2008 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

Eileen, I enjoy reading your comments here—and at Common Dreams before I was banned.

But this comment reads more like an ad for your book than anything else.  I’m sure it’s more authentic than the fraud perpetrated by Mr. Rosenblat, but is such Spam kosher?

At any rate, this story is both saddening and exasperating.  There’s just no way anyone can justifiably publish fiction that pretends to be factual. 

The (non)fact that it’s supposedly “a true story” is an important selling point, and it’s hard to believe that anyone who deliberately perpetrates this kind of deceit doesn’t realize on some level that the alleged factuality will make for a more commercially successful product.

Whatever redeeming qualities the story itself may have is, IMO, nullified by the dishonesty and deceit attending its publication.  Shame on him, even though he seems like a sweet old geezer.

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By eileen fleming, December 30, 2008 at 10:03 am Link to this comment

“You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.”-Tom Petty

Impelled, compelled, and propelled by my curiosity and faith as a liberated progressive Christian, I journeyed to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and wrote my experiences.

I met with democratically elected members of Hamas, scores of Palestinian Christians and Muslims, and a few 21st-century prophets and visionaries seeking justice and peace.

In “Memoirs of a Nice Irish-American Girl’s Life in Occupied Territory” I tell you about my times with Vanunu, Naim Ateek, Jeff Halper, Anarchists Against the Wall and counter the Armageddon groupies lust for nuclear war by knowing the scriptures better than they.

Someone wrote for

A Must Read for Anyone Interested in the World, July 15, 2007
By Theodore Micceri “Themistocles”

Eileen Fleming’s Memoirs is both an extremely interesting and highly informative account of the history and current situation in occuppied Palestine. The author provides a considerable amount of well documented information regarding the roots, history and anti-semitic nature of Zionism in both it’s Chrisian and Jewish forms. She clearly delineates the Theocratic Ethnocracy that is today’s Israel and demonstrates though example after example how it disciminates against all Goy (non-Jews and obviously inferior peoples), whether they be Christian, Muslim or of any other religious belief.

As a result of this persecution, Christains today make up fewer than 2% of Israel’s population although they represented 20% in 1948. Israel’s consistent persecution has forced most Christians to flee their homeland and seek asylm in other nations. Her historical explications showed me the clear parallels that exist between the Italian Mafia and the Israeli Hagganah and it’s spin-off’s like the Irgun and the Stern Gang.

Perhaps the most interesting section is her extensive description of Mordeci Vanunu, the secular Jew who told the world about Israel’s Atomic Bombs and as a result, spent 18 years imprisoned, mostly in solitary confinement. She likens him to Biblical prophets, who pointed out impending doom. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the future of the world, because, as Britain’s Tony Blair noted, probably 70% of the world’s conflicts can be traced directly to the Israeli/Palestinian situation.



Eileen Fleming, Author, Founder WAWA:
Producer “30 Minutes With Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu”

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By Thomas Mc, December 30, 2008 at 9:11 am Link to this comment

All religious stories are either hallucinations or outright lies.

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By hippy pam, December 30, 2008 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

Hey-this is free enterprise at its’ finest….Poetic licence…..just like these crooks in power…made-off etc…Just takin’ a few liberties with the truth…after all—its’ just the truth[as seen by the teller]......

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