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Something didn’t seem right to some Jewish scholars when they first heard about Herman and Roma Rosenblat’s love story.
It was first made public over a decade ago. Here’s how it went: Herman was in a concentration camp in Germany during the holocaust. Roma would come every day to toss him apples over the fence to help him survive. Then, about 15 years later, they’re set up on a blind date in New York City. They realize they have a history, chalk it up to fate, and get married. They just celebrated 50 years in June.
Their story has been on Oprah, a children’s book has been written about it, a movie is in the works, and a book was due to come out in February.
Until….. Herman Rosenblat came clean and told his agent and Penguin’s Berkley Books that the story wasn’t true.
Tonight, on AC360°, you’ll hear from a Professor of Holocaust studies who did much of the research to help disprove this story. He says it would have been impossible for this couple to meet daily, unnoticed, at the concentration camp’s fence. He says the fence was right next to the SS guard’s booth and it would have been certain death. He also proved in his research that Roma Rosenblat, a polish catholic, was actually in hiding during the war with her family 200 miles away from the camp where Herman Rosenblat was imprisoned. Go figure!
Why’d Rosenblat make all this up? He isn’t talking, but issued a statement through his agent that explains it. He says his mother came to him in a dream and told him to tell his story of survival in the camps. He says he “wanted to bring happiness to people” and “remind them not to hate.” He added, “I now know it was only a dream.”
His publisher is demanding he pay back the money they advanced him for the book, but the movie is still going to be made, as a fiction feature film.
Rosenblat has promised to donate all the profits from the film to a Holocaust survivor charity.
Can you believe Oprah was duped again and this couple has been telling this tale for decades???
Filed under: Randi Kaye
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