LOS ANGELES Dec 30 (Reuters Life!) - A second book
featuring a Holocaust love story between Florida-based Herman
and Roma Rosenblat was cancelled 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
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 PNGN.PK imprint Berkley
Books to cancel publication of his memoir due out in February.
Lerner Publishing Group, which specialises 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
"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
"We have been misled by the Rosenblats."
Lerner said the company had recalled the book from the
market, cancelled all pending reprints and was issuing refunds
on all returned books bought since its publication in
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
Under public scrutiny, Rosenblat's agent Andrea Hurst said
the writer had revealed to her that he invented the crux of the
love story although his story about being in the concentration
camps and the survival of the writer and his brothers was true.
Polish-born Rosenblat, a retired electrical contractor
from North Miami Beach, Florida, could not be contacted for
comment. While both books related to the Rosenblats have
now been cancelled, Harris Salomon, president of Atlantic
Overseas Pictures is pushing ahead with plans to make a $25
million movie about Herman, with filming to start in Hungary in
"The documented fact, acknowledged by his critics, is that
Herman is a survivor of concentration camps. He found a way to
tell his story and bring a message against hate. It is his
story," Salomon said in a statement on Tuesday.
Rosenblat's book, "Angel at the Fence, the True Story of a
Love that Survived," is the latest in a list of memoirs found
to have been fabricated.
In 2006, U.S. author James Frey admitted he made up key
parts of his drug and alcohol memoir "A Million Little Pieces."
This year Misha Defonseca admitted most of her bestselling
autobiography, about a young Jewish girl saved by wolves, was
made up while "Love and Consequences" by a Margaret B. Jones
about a mixed-raced girl growing up with U.S. gangs was
(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)