So it's happened again: The next hot memoir turned out to be a bit more fiction than non, and everyone is appalled and shocked, SHOCKED that this could happen in today's Internet culture.
Herman Rosenblat, author of Angel at the Fence, admitted Saturday that he and his wife of 50 years, the former Roma Radzicky, met in New York on a blind date, not on opposite sides of a concentration camp fence, as he wrote in his memoir about surviving Buchenwald and other concentration camps during World War II. By yesterday, his agent had denounced the fraud, and his book, which was scheduled to debut in February, was all but a dream.
According to the Associated Press, Rosenblat, 79 -- who is a Holocaust survivor -- said in a statement that "I wanted to bring happiness to people. I brought hope to a lot of people. My motivation was to make good in this world."
Nonetheless, that love story is completely bogus, and now he's upset Oprah. Nobody upsets Oprah, buddy. Except for that James Frey guy, and look what happened to him! That's right, another book deal.
Look, I'm pretty sick of this memoir-turned-novel business, too. But maybe this is what happens in an age when you can instantly check IMDB.com to see if that guy from Independence Day is the same guy who played Jayne in Firefly. (Why yes, Adam Baldwin was the conflicted Major Mitchell in that 1996 blockbuster.)
Who knows, maybe your favorite 19th-century memoir was a complete fantasy, and you never even knew it. After all, those guys didn't have Google to worry about.
But lying about the Holocaust has some larger ramifications, as the AP details later in their story:
I'm sure this isn't what Rosenblat intended, but there's another lesson in reality.