Herman and Roma Rosenblat, whose 60+ year romance that began in a German concentration camp was described by Oprah Winfrey as "the greatest love story" she had ever heard. Well, we are in good company: because Oprah was fooled and so were we.Back in October, I posted about
As it turns out, Herman Rosenblat fabricated the story over 10 years ago. "Why did I do that and write the story with the girl and the apple," he said in a statement through his literary agent, "because I wanted to bring happiness to people, to remind them not to hate, but to love and tolerate all people. 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." Berkley Books immediately canceled publication of Rosenblat's memoir, "Angel at the Fence," which was set to be released in February. A film version of the story is still in the works.
Our own Museum director, Dr. David Marwell was asked to comment on this story by CNN (story linked). "On the far extreme," he said, "something like this could give fuel to those who are in the business of denying that the Holocaust ever took place."