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More Rosenblat Fall Out (or the guy who lied is now...

Lerner Books published "Angel Girl", a kid's book based on Herman Rosenblat's big deception on how he met his wife when they were two kids in concentration camps.  

The book is now being pulled from the store shelve s and the publisher is offering a refund.  

For some hilarity on the subject of fake memoirs and Oprah's part in the hype, read the Gawker piece on Oprah's Liar's Club.   Somehow I think it will be a long, cold hard day before Oprah endorses another memoir which is kind of too bad because they are clearly her thing.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. katiebabs
    Dec 30, 2008 @ 10:56:06

    Can I say I am so thrilled that all these authors who write their biographies and lie are getting caught?

  2. Crystal-Rain Love
    Dec 30, 2008 @ 14:13:38

    You’d think they’d learn by now. If you lie about it, you’re going to get caught. You are going to be ruined. Stupid.

  3. Leah
    Dec 30, 2008 @ 14:16:13

    Oprah needs to hire someone whose sole responsibility is to vet every bio/memoir she wants to have on her show. She has the money, plus, there is a struggling history/english major out there who needs the work! Maybe a whole team!

  4. Ann Somerville
    Dec 30, 2008 @ 17:01:46

    “Oprah had made this her book of the month, which in the book world is the equivalent of the Pope farting into a nun’s lady parts and creating an immaculately conceived religion robot.”

    No comment. Just too funny not to repeat :)

  5. Nellie
    Dec 31, 2008 @ 02:14:15

    The Rosenblat story is so sad. Why is Atlantic Pictures making a film based on a lie? Why didn’t Oprah check the story out before publicizing it, especially after James Frey and given that many bloggers like Deborah Lipstadt said in 2007 that the Rosenblat’s story couldn’t be true.
    Genuine love stories from the Holocaust do exist. My favorite is the one about Dina Gottliebova Babbitt – the beautiful young art student who painted Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on the children’s barracks at Auschwitz to cheer them up. This painting became the reason Dina and her Mother survived Auschwitz. After the end of the war, Dina applied for an art job in Paris. Unbeknownst to Dina, her interviewer was the lead animator on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. They fell in love and got married. It’s such a romantic love story. Another reason I love Dina’s story is the tremendous courage she had to paint the mural in the first place. Painting the mural for the children caused her to be taken to Dr. Mengele, the Angel of Death. She thought she was going to be gassed, but bravely she stood up to Mengele and he made her his portrait painter, saving herself and her mother from the gas chamber.

    Dina’s story is also verified to be true. Some of the paintings she did for Mengele in Auschwitz survived the war and are at the Auschwitz Birkenau Museum. 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 documented.

    Why wasn’t the Rosenblatt’s story checked out before it was published and picked up to have the movie made?? I would like to see true and wonderful stories like Dina’s be publicized, not these hoax tales that destroy credibility and trust.

  6. Sherry Thomas
    Jan 01, 2009 @ 20:01:31

    Wow, Nellie. Dina Gottliebova Babbitt’s story made me tear up. Thank you for sharing. It’s so wonderful.

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