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Exclusive: Holocaust Faker Speaks Out ("It wasn't a lie," "It was my imagination")
ABC News ^ | Feb. 18, 2009 | DAN HARRIS, BRIAN O'KEEFE and LEE FERRAN

Posted on 02/18/2009 5:09:52 PM PST by nickcarraway

Oprah Winfrey called it the "greatest love story" she'd ever had on her show.

The love story was so touching, that Hollywood is even making a movie about it.

Herman Rosenblat received international attention for his tale about being a hungry little boy in a Nazi concentration camp who was thrown apples every day by a little girl named Roma, on the other side of the fence.

Years later, according to the story, Rosenblat met that same girl on a blind date in New York City and proposed to her on the spot.

The only problem was, Rosenblat's story, which he and his wife had been telling for 13 years, was a lie.

Six weeks ago Holocaust scholars proved that it was physically impossible for prisoners to approach the fence at the concentration camp where Herman was kept and that Roma's family was actually 200 miles away at the time.

Today, for the first time, Rosenblat spoke out in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America" to share his side of the story.

"It wasn't a lie," he told "GMA." "It was my imagination. And in my imagination, in my mind, I believed it. Even now, I believe it, that she was there and she threw the apple to me. ... In my imagination, it was true."

Rosenblat said he told the story to give people hope and to promote understanding about the Holocaust. His wife went along with the story because, as Rosenblat said, she "loved" him.

But even Rosenblat's son said his real motivation was money.

"It was always hurtful," Rosenblat's son Ken Rosenblat told The New Republic. "My father is a man who I don't know. ... I didn't agree with it. I didn't want anything to do with it."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Germany
KEYWORDS: holocaust; holocaustdenial; oprahwinfrey; publishing

1 posted on 02/18/2009 5:09:53 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"Six weeks ago Holocaust scholars proved that it was physically impossible for prisoners to approach the fence at the concentration camp where Herman was kept and that Roma's family was actually 200 miles away at the time."

That's a helluva pitching arm.

2 posted on 02/18/2009 5:15:00 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: nickcarraway
Nevertheless, a reported $25 million film version of the fictional story called "Flower of the Fence" is going to proceed.

Based on a...well...not so true story.

3 posted on 02/18/2009 5:15:09 PM PST by HoosierHawk (Democrats - Looting American citizens for generations to come.)
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To: nickcarraway
My Dad

4 posted on 02/18/2009 5:17:18 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: nickcarraway

Oprah is not a good judge of character at all. James Frey the writer, now this guy and then the biggest liars of them all, Michelle and Barack.

And let’s don’t forget Dr Phil who has more problems than the people he helps.


5 posted on 02/18/2009 5:17:18 PM PST by OafOfOffice
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To: nickcarraway

a shameless, heartless attempt to make money off of others misery.


6 posted on 02/18/2009 5:17:44 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: HoosierHawk

“.. a reported $25 million film version of the fictional story called “Flower of the Fence” is going to proceed”... Obama Production Company says..


7 posted on 02/18/2009 5:18:04 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: OafOfOffice

Yes, Oprah. He trusts everyone that’s black, insane, deceitful...

and that’s just Obama.


8 posted on 02/18/2009 5:18:41 PM PST by max americana
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To: Mark

Part of Porkulus, I guess. We’ll never know what’s all in there.


9 posted on 02/18/2009 5:31:56 PM PST by HoosierHawk (Democrats - Looting American citizens for generations to come.)
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To: HoosierHawk
Based on a...well...not so true story.

It actually saves Hollywood time as most of their "based on a true story" movies bare little resemblance to the actual events.

10 posted on 02/18/2009 5:54:58 PM PST by Duke Nukum (I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s historical fiction ... get over it.


11 posted on 02/18/2009 5:59:46 PM PST by WheresMyBailout
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To: Duke Nukum

It’s like Kosinski’s “Painted Bird”, also made up of whole cloth. Or the story of war criminals the Bielskis (whose gang killed 140 peasants for the Soviets).


12 posted on 02/18/2009 6:00:34 PM PST by sobieski
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To: OafOfOffice

She'll promote books with absolutely nothing in
them at all.

13 posted on 02/18/2009 6:11:01 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: nickcarraway

“Fake but accurate!”

“In my imagination, it was true!”


14 posted on 02/18/2009 6:27:12 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: I see my hands

I saw that as first run. Thanks for the memory.


15 posted on 02/18/2009 6:40:49 PM PST by oldteen
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To: txnativegop

What is worse, all the lunatics will claim this proves the Holocaust didn’t happen.


16 posted on 02/18/2009 7:14:04 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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It wasn't a lie," he told "GMA." "It was my imagination. And in my imagination, in my mind, I believed it. Even now, I believe it, that she was there and she threw the apple to me. ... In my imagination, it was true."

Hillary dodging snipers, and Bill Clinton's 'composite character' back pedaling.

17 posted on 02/18/2009 8:46:22 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse (unite)
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To: nickcarraway

Oprah’s been fooled by four fraudulent authors now, hasn’t she?


18 posted on 02/18/2009 8:47:51 PM PST by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: Duke Nukum

Don’t worry, Kaalleeefornia is going to bail out Hollywood anyway. Like the WSJ said today, Rich liberals like Rob Reiner, who love higher taxes on other people, get a sweetheart tax break and everyone else pays more.


19 posted on 02/18/2009 9:08:36 PM PST by OafOfOffice
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To: txnativegop
a shameless, heartless attempt to make money off of others misery.

Obama did pave the way with his racist campaign strategy that took America back 50 years. Now everyone wants a piece of the misery pie.

20 posted on 02/18/2009 9:13:02 PM PST by OafOfOffice
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To: BerryDingle
Are you saying Oprah has a political slant on her show? You know she made a promise to never do that. /sarcasm

Obama has just fulfilled Oprah's Angel Charity network beyond her wildest dreams with the porkulus.

Now people will not have any money to donate. Strange how that trickle up economics works.

21 posted on 02/18/2009 9:18:29 PM PST by OafOfOffice
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To: Wilhelm Tell; txnativegop
What is worse, all the lunatics will claim this proves the Holocaust didn’t happen.

Absolutely right. Nowadays, it seems every time you hear a "holocaust survivor" pitch his/her story, it is a fake. And for a good reason: real victims have little reason to have kept silent for 6O years, and their stories are known.

It's because of bastards and liars like this that holocaust denial is so widespread. How can people believe something when so much of its claims are BS? Might as well believe in global warming, right?

One problem is the recent glorification of Nazi victims. People who are otherwise uninteresting want to join this new nobility, just like 18th century commoners yearned to become nobles.

22 posted on 02/18/2009 9:49:01 PM PST by FrogBurger (Always compare news articles from different sources. When they fully agree, you can be sure it's BS.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Similar nonsensical story to the recent book/movie: “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.”


23 posted on 02/19/2009 3:44:09 AM PST by iowamark
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To: nickcarraway

“It wasn’t a lie,” “It was my imagination”

Everyone know has a perfect excuse to use for any lie.


24 posted on 02/20/2009 12:40:38 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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