Children's book based on Holocaust
story is pulled
By HILLEL ITALIE (AP National Writer)
From Associated Press
December 30, 2008 11:49 AM EST
NEW YORK - A children's book inspired by a since-discredited Holocaust story has been pulled by the publisher.
Laurie Friedman's "Angel Girl," based on Herman Rosenblat's tale of meeting his future wife at a concentration camp, had been released in the fall by the Lerner Publishing Group, which is offering refunds for any returned book.
Rosenblat, 79, whose many admirers had included Oprah Winfrey, acknowledged last weekend that he didn't meet his wife during the war. His own memoir, "Angel at the Fence," scheduled for release in February, was quickly canceled by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).
Adam Lerner, president and publisher of the Minneapolis-based Lerner Publishing Group, said in a statement Tuesday that the company had been misled by the Rosenblats.
"We are dismayed to learn about Herman and Roma Rosenblat's recantation of part of their Holocaust survival story," Lerner said. "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."
Friedman said in a statement that the Rosenblats had reviewed her manuscript and assured her of its accuracy.
"I wanted to find a way to share what I felt was an important and inspiring message for children," Friedman said. "My goal in writing `Angel Girl' was to communicate that even in the darkest of times, no one should give up hope.
"Unfortunately, I, like many others, am disappointed and upset to now learn of Herman's fabrications."
Herman Rosenblat, a prisoner at a sub-camp of Buchenwald in the 1940s, had charmed the world for years with his story of meeting a young girl who would throw him apples and bread from the other side of a barbed-wire fence. Rosenblat appeared twice on Winfrey's television talk show and was a popular speaker and interview subject.
But scholars doubted Rosenblat, noting that the alleged meeting area at the camp was next to the SS barracks. After numerous inconsistencies were raised recently by The New Republic, he recanted.
"To all who supported and believed in me and this story, I am sorry for all I have caused to you and every one else in the world," he said in a statement released Sunday through his agent, Andrea Hurst.
At least one Rosenblat project is still on: A feature film based on his life that is to begin filming next year. Producer Harris Salomon of Atlantic Overseas Pictures says the movie may refer to why the Rosenblats apparently "fabricated elements of their wartime love story."
It’s no longer acceptable to state that “the Rosenblats apparently fabricated”, because both of them ADMITTED it. Unless you believe they were telling the truth when they said they met in a concentration camp, but are now LYING about it today, YOU become a LIAR by using the word “apparently”. There is no doubt about it.
Furthermore, if they would so easily and readily lie about such a minor detail, then WHY oh WHY would you trust a word they said about the BIG details? How many innocent Germans died based on such LIES? What you SHOULD be making a movie about is how many OTHER “holocaust survivors” told similar lies in CRIMINAL TRIALS, and how many innocent Germans were EXECUTED as a result.
You should also make a movie about how many more CHRISTIANS than jews died in WWII. You would be SHOCKED if you took just one simple trip to the library to find out.