"Herman Rosenblat and his wife are the most gentle, loving, beautiful people," literary agent Andrea Hurst said Sunday, anguishing over why she, and so many others, were taken by Rosenblat's story of love born on opposite sides of a barbed-wire fence at a Nazi concentration camp in Germany.On Saturday, Berkley Books canceled Rosenblat's memoir, "Angel at the Fence." Rosenblat acknowledged that he and his wife did not meet, as they had said for years, at a sub-camp of Buchenwald, where she allegedly sneaked him apples and bread.Rosenblat's believers included not only his agent and his publisher, but TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey, film producers, journalists, family members and strangers who ignored, or did not know about, the warnings from scholars that his story did not make sense.Rosenblat, 79, has been married to the former Roma Radzicky for 50 years, since meeting her on a blind date in New York.
Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story. This is the third time this has happened to Oprah, promoting a non-fiction book that was fabricated.
That Oprah - always a sucker for a good story. And guess what? She's also won PETA's "Person of the Year!" I hate to tell them, but trust me, Oprah didn't get that big shoveling in the carrot sticks . . .