Second book on fake Holocaust love story cancelled

Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:24am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - A second book featuring a Holocaust love story between Florida-based Herman and Roma Rosenblat was canceled on Tuesday after the publisher found out that the couple's amazing tale was not true.

For over a decade, Herman Rosenblat, 79, told newspapers, magazines and twice appeared on the Oprah Winfrey TV show to tell the story of how he met his wife-to-be when she threw apples and bread to him over the fence of a Nazi concentration camp.

He said they met again by chance on a blind date in New York years later, fell in love and got married.

But under scrutiny from scholars writing in The New Republic, Rosenblat admitted this week that he invented the love story, prompting Penguin Book's imprint Berkley Books to cancel publication of his memoir due out in February.

Lerner Publishing Group, which specializes in children's books, on Tuesday said it was also recalling a newly released picture book "Angel Girl" based on the Rosenblat's story after being "shocked and disappointed" to learn the story was not true.

"While this tragic event in world history needs to be taught to children, it is imperative that it is done so in a factual way that doesn't sacrifice veracity for emotional impact," said Lerner Publishing's President Adam Lerner in a statement.

"We have been misled by the Rosenblats."

Lerner said the company had recalled the book from the market, canceled all pending reprints and was issuing refunds on all returned books bought since its publication in September.

Scholars in The New Republic said the story could not be true as it would have been impossible to throw food over the fence at the camp at Schlieben, Germany, where Rosenblat was held as a teenager, putting pressure on the Rosenblats to explain.   Continued...