“ANGEL at the FENCE” Fraud!

Holocaust survivors Herman and Rosa Rosenblat’s memior, ” Angel at the Fence”, set to release February 2009, has been pulled by it’s publisher. Experts have exposed the specific key to the tale, a young “jewish” girl, posing as a Christian, meeting Rosenblat at the fence to pass him food on a nightly basis, to be impossible. The Schlieben Labor Camp in Germany, where the alleged incidents took place would have been within cloxe proximity to the SS barracks making the encounters highly visable.

The Rosenblat’s say the story is “from memory”. Embarrassment reigns at the publishing house and within Oprah circles, where O has herald their story as one of the most endearing she’s ever heard.  Albeit, the story of these two meeting and then re-uniting on a “blind date” years later, is one of great fiction, but using the genre of  “memior” seems to be a guarantee of blockbuster success to tempting for these folks to ignore. The publishers are relying on the clerks and agents to vet the manuscript, which is testimony to greed taking precedence over common sense. Haven’t we seen this before?

This is an unfortunate blight on the literary community and once again draws to the publics’ attention, the very question, can we trust anyone to tell the truth about anything, anymore?  

This is a sad day for all the HONEST writer’s toiling for the love of the written word, hoping their story will be deemed worthy of attention. 

For Holocaust victims and Jews in general, this adds one MORE “I told you so”  for the Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites around the world.  This, we don’t need.



Sarah Lander Marks is the author of Artist’s Proof, a mystery of art, the holocaust  and restitution.  She writes on Jewish themes, cars, gourmet food and travel. www.readartistsproof.com


~ by Lander Marks on December 28, 2008.

3 Responses to ““ANGEL at the FENCE” Fraud!”

  1. […] I am happy to report that, by 7:30 this morning, I had several emails from people alerting me to the latest made-up memoir, %26quot;Angel at the Fence.%26quot; It seems I am getting a rep for being outraged about such things, when really, Read More|||read more. Read More|||angel at the fence videos, angel at the fence pictures, and angel at the fence latest news by Singapore Jobs Today. Read More|||Whereas the Penguin Publishing book Angel at the Fence was a non fiction account of Rosenblat’s life, the feature film, The Flower of the Fence was always a lose and fictionalized adaptation of his story. Therefore, AOP its principals Read More|||The Angel at the Fence published by 76-year old Herman Rosenblat now a retired television repairman in Miami, has been questioned for its credibility to such an extent by other Jewish survivors and scholars that the book%26#39;s publisher Read More|||Herman Rosenblat, who claimed that he met his wife, Roma, while he was imprisoned at a Buchenwald sub-camp, when she would approach the camp’s fence to give him apples and bread, has ‘fessed up. He’s said that he “embellished” his story Read More|||“Rosenblat’s ”Angel at the Fence” had been scheduled to come out in February, but Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), withdrew the memoir following allegations by scholars, friends and family members that his tale was Read More|||It looks like Oprah%26#39;s been had again although it remains to be seen whether she will ask the author of Angel at the Fence t0 appear on her show so that she can publicly humiliate him in the style in which she destroyed James Frey. Read More|||The Holocaust survivor’s; Herman and Rosa Rosenblat’s memior, ” Angel at the Fence” set to release February 2009 has been pulled by it’s publisher after experts deemed the specific key to the tale, a young “jewish” girl, Read More […]

  2. How awful that the Rosenblats lied about their story and that the publishers and movie makers fell for it. Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which was a great book and now movie, never pretended to be true. The Rosenblats, like Madoff, are harming the good Jewish name and it’s terrible.

    I read a New York Times article about Stan Lee and Neal Adams the comic book artists supporting another TRUE Holocaust love story. There was a beautiful young artist, Dina Gottliebova Babbitt, who painted Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on the children’s barracks at Auschwitz to cheer them up. Dina’s art became the reason she and her Mother survived Auschwitz.

    Painting the mural for the children caused Dina to be taken in front of Dr. Mengele, the Angel of Death. She thought she was going to be gassed, but bravely she stood up to Mengele and he decided to make her his portrait painter, saving herself and her mother from the gas chamber as long as she was doing painting for him.

    Dina’s story is true because some of the paintings she did for Mengele in Auschwitz survived the war and are at the Auschwitz Birkenau Museum. Also, 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 a fact.

    I wish Oprah would do a story about Dina and her art not about the Rosenblats who were pulling the wool over all our eyes.

  3. Well, I think the problem is not with the fictionality. Readers are robbed of the trust they gave the story in that informal reader-author contract taking place in the act of approaching a text.


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