Holocaust Probably Real, But the Memoirs Are Fabricated

Ah! Nothing says Happy New Year like the smiling faces of nice old folks who not only survived the Holocaust but scored a huge book deal in exchange for telling the romantic story of how they met, first during the Holocaust, and then on a blind date at Coney Island. Too good to be true, too brilliant not to make a chunk of cash.

Personally, I’ve been to Coney Island, and as the Sig Oth and I gazed at all of New York and some of Jersey from the top of the Wonder Wheel, I recall thinking to myself, “The only thing that could make this moment more special would be if, before we met officially, the Sig Oth was in a Concentration Camp, and I was throwing him apples over the fence to help him survive while living in hidding with a Christian family.” So I totally get why the story has such appeal.

Unfortunately, it turns out Herman Rosenblat was probably thinking the same thing when he went to Coney Island, because although he may have indeed met his wife there, the entire substance of his Holocaust memoir is fabricated.

I get it where he’s coming from. Totally. I find apples romantic! And, I want to be a famous writer too. I guess I’m just not creative enough to invent a love story worth Oprah’s declaration of “Single Greatest Love Story Ever.” Nor I am resourceful enough to make up something totally factually inaccurate and convince a big deal agent and Penguin Books that it’s true.

God I am lame. Why are you still reading? Ohhh. Because I’m talking about the Holocaust! And social convention post 1945 deems that you must pay attention when someone is talking about the Holocaust, because otherwise, you hate Jews.

Sadly, thanks to the number of fake Holocaust memoirs surfacing, experts are anxious that people who don’t believe the Holocaust ever happened will take this foppery as fodder for an argument that the whole thing was fiction. Whether this is an overreaction, I don’t know. But I do know that when it comes to scoring a book deal, nothing is sacred.

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One thought on “Holocaust Probably Real, But the Memoirs Are Fabricated

  1. 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.

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