Book blesser Oprah Winfrey got duped again.
This time the author exposed as less than truthful is Herman Rosenblat, who apparently fabricated his memoir of “Angel at the Fence,” in which he recalls how he met his future wife at a Nazi concentration camp.
On Saturday, Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced that it has withdrawn the “true story” from Rosenblat.
Over the past 20 years, he had fine-tuned his tale of woe and ultimate triumph, appearing on numerous talk shows, including Oprah’s.
The way the story went, Rosenblat met his wife, Roma Radicky, while he was a prisoner at a sub-camp of Buchenwald in Nazi Germany. She was a young Jewish girl whose family was pretending to be Christian and lived nearby. For months, they would meet on opposite sides of a barbed-wire fence, where she would sneak him apples and bread. Rosenblat was then transferred to another camp and the two lost touch, until the 1950s, when they were reunited by accident — on a blind date — in New York. They soon married and earlier this year celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The book was scheduled to be released in February, but Berkley Books withdrew the memoir Saturday following allegations by scholars, friends and family members that his tale was untrue, reports The Associated Press.
"Berkley Books is canceling publication of 'Angel at the Fence' after receiving new information from Herman Rosenblat's agent, Andrea Hurst," the publisher said in a statement. "Berkley will demand that the author and the agent return all money that they have received for this work."
Winfrey has described their romance "the single greatest love story ... we've ever told on the air." They have inspired a children's book and a feature film adaptation is scheduled to begin next year. This isn’t the first time Winfrey has bestowed her blessing on a book, only to find out the so-called true story was bogus. In 2005, she picked James Frey's memoir "A Million Little Pieces," for her book club before it was discovered to be fake.