Sadly, the Holocaust-era love story spun by Herman Rosenblat (above) has been disproved.
Berkley Books has canceled Rosenblat’s memoir, “Angel at the Fence,” after the 79-year old admitted that he and his wife, Roma, did not meet, as he had said for years, at a sub-camp of Buchenwald, where she allegedly sneaked him apples and bread, the Associated Press reports.
Among those Rosenblat misled was Oprah Winfrey and Michael Berenbaum, former director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Strangely, the records show that Rosenblat was indeed at Buchenwald and other Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
2 thoughts on “Publisher pulls plug on ‘Angel Girl’ memoir”
The publisher almost got burned. Having to always be skeptical after something like that sux, no?
This hoax is a tragedy. The Rosenblats have hurt Jews all over and given support to those who deny the holocaust. I don’t understand why Atlantic Pictures is still proceeding to make a film based on a lie. I also don’t understand how Oprah could have publicized this story, especially after James Frey and given that many bloggers like Deborah Lipstadt said in 2007 that the Rosenblat’s story couldn’t be true.
There are so many other worthwhile projects based on genuine love stories from the Holocaust. 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. 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. Now that’s a romantic love story! I also admire Dina for her tremendous courage 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.
Also, Dina’s story has been verified as 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.