Mr Rosenblat, 79, a retired television repairman living in Miami, said that he met his future wife while he was a teenage boy in Schlieben, a sub-division of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
The nine-year-old girl, he said, tossed him an apple. The two met again by chance when Mr Rosenblat agreed to a blind date with a Polish immigrant named Roma Radzicki in Coney Island in 1957, and recognised her. They married soon afterwards.
Holocaust scholars doubted the story, and it was exposed by the New Republic magazine. Ben Helfgott, a former Schlieben inmate, told the magazine that Mr Rosenblat's story was “simply an invention”. Mr Rosenblat joins the swelling ranks of discredited memorists. “I wanted to bring happiness to people,” he said. “I brought hope to a lot of people. My motivation was to make good in this world.”
I love it when bullshit stories like this are discredited. I had this fable sent to me as a proof that there were miracles in this world. "What are the odds?" the person who sent it to me said. There is a reason I am so cynical, because that is how the world works. As for Rosenblat's excuse that he lied to "bring happiness to people..."
I guess that is what the kids are calling opportunism these days. There I go again with my cynicism.