Good Wednesday Copious Notes readers. Yesterday CNN broke the news that yet another book based on a true story is a hoax. You may remember a couple of years ago how James Frey was busted about his book ‘A Million Little Pieces’ and how the book, which seemed like an amazing story, was significantly embellished. This time it’s Herman Rosenblat and a book that was set to come out in just a few short months titled “Angel at the Fence”.
The story is simple in that Rosenblat was in a Nazi concentration camp and claimed a little girl would throw him apples over the fence each day. A chance meeting 10 years later lead to them marrying. It sounds extraordinary and it was. The only true part was that he was really in a Nazi concentration camp. His publisher has pulled the plug and demanded all their money back from his advance. The book was to be made into a movie and that, interestingly enough, is still slated to be done at this point. The final nail in the coffin is that people have reported his real love story was good enough where he didn’t need to lie for the book.
Below is an excerpt from the story but feel free to click the above link to read the whole story.
Finally, I’m going to tag this post in my ‘Tips’ area because here is a tip for all writers: Don’t Lie! How’s that for a concept?
Holocaust ‘greatest’ love story a hoax
(CNN) — Oprah Winfrey once dubbed it the “greatest love story” she had ever heard: a boy held at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II and a girl on the outside who tossed him apples to keep him alive. They eventually married and grew old together.
It turns out the story of Herman and Roma Rosenblat isn’t true.
The two had told their love story for years and years, inspiring a book deal, an upcoming movie, and stories across the globe on television,……