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There was a series of messages left on my blogs, and emailed to me, on Saturday, and I thought I would share them today:

Ben
fascinating posts on the Beah story and the Chaon replies and the reporter's misquots.the book i want to talk to you offline email about is going to be a huge bestseller in USa and OZ in 2009, huge huge huge, but it is very likely faked.....i have tried to tell some reproters in the USA about this, but they all say NOT interested. Not interested until the story breaks , that is. HAHA....lazy bums....they don't want to break it...and when I write polite letters to the publisher, editor and agent of the book, NO REPLIES at all, not even eff off, they just ignore my polite emails trying to warn them they might be over their heads on this one.....What to dO? that is my quandry? Be quiet and let it pass? Or, like a true truth seeker, seek out the truth? (he says with a smile)

He also being a writer too and loving the publishing industry for what it is and isn;t

email me do


The above is, perhaps, the only email where detail is given. I'm half torn on if it's an amazing bit of spam, or not, since it came off this post, where I talked about the supposed Beah fake. But of course, this was not the only one. There was this:

ben

i am reeserach a new hoax book, not pubbed yet in NYC, but soon, and i need your help in chatting with you. can you email me at danbloom At gmail DOT com

thanks

Danny
Tufts 1971

this story is even MORE amazing than the BEAH story...and when the hoax is revealed it will make world headlines. trust me...do email me sir


And this:

ben

i am reeserach a new hoax book, not pubbed yet in NYC, but soon, and i need your help in chatting with you. can you email me at danbloom At gmail DOT com

thanks

Danny
Tufts 1971

this story is even MORE amazing than the BEAH story...and when the hoax is revealed it will make world headlines. trust me...do email me sir


Yes, I did get it twice. I got it a third time, actually, but I'll spare you the repeat, because there was this, which had a slight alteration:

not sure if you wnt to do this Ben, are you in Australia, not sure, but this book i told yuou about it will come to Oz too....it is about a Holocaust memoir that is very likely embellished beyond belief.....email me yes

ben

i am reeserach a new hoax book, not pubbed yet in NYC, but soon, and i need your help in chatting with you. can you email me at danbloom At gmail DOT com

thanks

Danny
Tufts 1971

this story is even MORE amazing than the BEAH story...and when the hoax is revealed it will make world headlines. trust me...do email me sir


After those I also got emails, a pair of them, one that said:

> ben
>
> i am reeserach a new hoax book, not pubbed yet in NYC, but soon, and i
> need your help in chatting with you. can you email me at danbloom At
> gmail DOT com
>
> thanks
>
> Danny
> Tufts 1971
>
> this story is even MORE amazing than the BEAH story...and when the
> hoax is revealed it will make world headlines. trust me...do email me
> sir
>


And another that sent me the link to the New York Times piece on the fraud around the Margaret B. Jones book, Love and Consequences.

At any rate, I'm torn over if I think this is new, smarter bot spam, though the Times piece seems to suggest not; if it's not then, Dan, you're slightly cracked, mate. There is perhaps a reason why mainstream media outlets don't want to touch you, and why you're here, talking to a nobody like me. But I do like giving cracked dudes a bit of a voice, so if you leave details on what this literary fake is in the comments, then I'll post it here for everyone to see. Don't email me and ask to chat privately, cause it isn't going to happen, and at any rate, there's really nothing I can do for you outside using this blog post if it's true or not.

But anyhow, lets here it now.

(crossposted)

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benpeek
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
that only happens to you.
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benpeek
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
*picks up phone, places cloth over reciever*

i have no idea.
ataxi
Dec. 15th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Or maybe a large yellow envelope containing amateur footage on VHS of Ben's place of residence at night ...

By the way Ben I think there is definitely a human somewhere behind "Danny", although it could be a part form letter that is targetting all blogs matching a certain search pattern relating to the Beah thing.
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ataxi
Dec. 15th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Oh, you know, just to kill him or scare the living shite out of him. The stalker could subtitle the VHS footage with pseudospam references to Ben's ten most controversial posts.

(Maybe I'm getting inside this person's head a little too easily ...)
benpeek
Dec. 15th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
*begins looking for the button to ban ip addresses*
ironed_orchid
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Seems to me more like a genuine crazy than a spambot.
benpeek
Dec. 15th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
yeah, i tend to think he's real, too.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
DAN BLOOM, aka Danny Bloom, aka Dr. Spam Bot
Ben...

Tis me. Danny Dan Daniel Bloom. Just don't call me Ishmael.

Thanks for posting this above, and sorry for the mis-spelled and typo-ridden emails. Some of them were Atomic Typos, ever heard of that term for proofreading? Look it up: atomic typo. I even have a blog devoted to it.

NOW to get serious. I was really really serious, and was talking about this book: "Angel the Fence" by Holocaust survivor Herman Rosenblat. Due to be published in USA in early February 2009, and also in Oz by HarperCollins Australia and in the UK by HarperCollins Thorsons Element.

The book is most likely a fraud, not a hoax per se, but a fraud. I really don't know the exact details, but I do believe someone is behind this old man, 80 now, manipulating him for reasons unknown. OPRAH has invited him on her show twice. There are emails all over the world about this man's love for his wife and how it all came to be. Google: "Herman Rosenblat" and you will see.

In a recent blog post, a noted Holocaust historian who believes the book is a fraud noted, just TODAY: "It is fairly certain that this is a
hoax. Historians are working on it. The facts will emerge shortly, and
for those who care about truth, it will not be a nice situation."


Here is the book cover, and here is his website.

Book website:
http://angelatthefence.com/

BOOK COVER
http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Fence-True-Story-Survived/dp/042522581X

The book is not yet published. But the hype has been building for 10 years! Pub date is Feb. 3, 2009. But the publishers MIGHT have to recalll the book before it even gets released. See my news article below.

The only thing, Ben, is that I am afraid this another BEAH book waiting to implode, once the media see what the historians looking into this faux memoir present their findings to the New York Times. Or to me! I am freelance journo, too, not a 4:30 am phone freak!

I found your blog because I was researching how the BEAH book was covered in the Australian press, and I thought Shelley Gare did a fantastic job reporting the story. So I was looking to you to give me some feedback, that's all, and you did, in your own sort of writerly way.

I am not a bad chap. Bit of a goofball, yes.

See pics and life here:
http://danbloom888.blogspot.com

(Anonymous)
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
(continued) -- my news article that explains all those strange typo emails to u earlier, sir!

A much-hyped Holocaust story that beggars the imagination?

by Dan Bloom

It's a face off between the historian naysayers and the publishing
champions of an old man's "memoir". Is it a true story or so highly
"embellished" that it is beyond belief?

No less a Jewish historian and Holocaust expert than Professor Deborah
Lipstadt of Emory University says on her blog that Herman Rosenblat's
much-hyped-in-the-media-and-on-Oprah "memoir" titled "Angel at the
Fence" (Berkley Books is the publisher in New York) is a "Holocaust
story that beggars the imagination." She ever goes so far as to sy
that it is most highly likely not true.

In a recent blog post, she noted: "It is fairly certain that this is a
hoax. Historians are working on it. The facts will emerge shortly, and
for those who care about truth, it will not be a nice situation."

Dr. Lipstadt had casually noted on her blog back in 2007: "There is a
Holocaust story making the rounds
on the Internet which is
clearly not true. It's about an inmate of a camp [a sub-camp of
Buchenwald] who connects with a young girl outside the camp. She
throws him an apple everyday over the fence. He tells her one day in
May 1945 that she should not throw any more apples because at 10 a.m.
the next morning he has appointment to appear at the gas chamber to be
killed. This story has so many shortcomings that one hardly knows
where to begin."

Lipstadt noted: "Not only do we need to be historically accurate for
the simple sake of
history. But on top of that, this kind of stuff is fodder for
[Holocaust] deniers.
There are many amazing stories about the Holocaust. Just the fact that
some people managed to survive [that] hell is amazing in and of itself.
We don't need embellished and/or false stories. The truth is far more
than enough."

Professor Lipstadt was talking about a popular email making the rounds in
2007 that told the alleged "backstory" of Herman Rosenlat -- a Holocaust
survivor now living in retirement in Florida. He has been on Oprah two
times, and the Associated Press in Miami wrote a big story about him,
too, that was printed
in newspapers this past October -- and reprinted verbatim blogs around
the world.

Mr Rosenblat's "memoir" is a love story, wonderfully told by a
professional ghostwriter, and it might touch your heart and pull
at your heartstrings, whether you are Jewish or not. It's a Holocaust
memoir, with a love story that boggles the mind -- if true.

Professor
Lipstadt says Herman's alleged backstory beggars the imagination. Others
say it is a figment of the old man's imagination. Still others say he has
embellished his life story in way that almost makes the book a farce,
maybe even a hoax of sorts.

But "Angel at the Fence" couldn't be a hoax. Not when a major
publisher is releasing it.
Not when a bonafide book agent is handling the contract negotiations
and film rights. Not when a major Christian faith-based speakers' bureau is
handling the national speeches Herman will be invited to give. Not
when a major Jewish children's book publisher has also put out a kids book
"based" on Herman and his wife Roma's Oprah-approved love story.

But the story and backstory might not be true, as Dr Lipstadt says on
her blog. If the book turns out to be to be not so true, what will the
critics and media pundits say
then?

About an earlier book that turned out to be a hoax, a New York Times
reporter noted: "One day after the author of an
earlier book that turned out to be not so true confessed that he had
embellished major parts of hismemoir, the focus turned to
his publisher and the news organizations that helped publicize what
appeared to be a genuine and true autobiography."

(Anonymous)
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
MORE


A Boston book critic said of an earlier Holocaust hoax book: "I was to
some degree trusting that the vetting
process of a reputable book publisher was going to catch this level of
duplicity."

In a publishing landscape that has been rocked by scandals like Mr.
Frey's fabrications, other publishers and agents insist their
business still operates on trust.

"It is not an industry capable of checking every last detail," said
an agent. "So to present yourself as
something you are not betrays all the trust."

Nan Talese, who published Mr. Frey's "A Million Little Pieces,"
once told a reporter that the combination of these recent faked book
episodes could start to change
the business's practices. "I think what editors are going to have to
do is point to the things that happened recently and say to their
authors, 'If there is anything in your book that can be discovered to
be untrue, you better let us know right now, and we'll deal with it
before we publish it,' " Talese said.

But she added: "I don't
think there is any way you can fact-check every single book. It would
be very insulting and divisive in the author-editor relationship."

But some questions linger about the Herman Rosenblat memoir.

When the book is published in February 2009, surely there will be
critics and reporters who will read it with interest and try to
determine if in fact the book is based on facts or "highly, deeply,
madly, lovingly" embellished.

Herman's book is surely not a Holocaust hoax
book. It is a magical, personal memoir of a life deeply lived. It will
touch your heart with its rivetting and miraculous love story. Oprah
will invite Herman and Roma on her show again for a sit down interview
and audience members will weep upon hearing the story they will tell.
Live, on air, a "true" story.

But let's give Dr Lipstadt the last words about her view of Herman
Rosenblat's soon to be published memoir: "It is fairly certain that
this is a hoax. Historians are working on it.
The facts will emerge shortly and for those who care about truth it
will not be a nice situation."

Is Mr Rosenblat's story really true? I don't know. Nobody knows for
sure. Only God knows. And God isn't talking yet. He will, soon enough.
Stay tuned to this sad, tragic story about a sad, tragic time in
Jewish history.

Book website:
http://angelatthefence.com/

BOOK COVER
http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Fence-True-Story-Survived/dp/042522581X

--------


Dan Bloom is a freelance writer.

(Anonymous)
Dec. 15th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
At any rate, I'm torn over if I think this is new, smarter bot spam, though the Times piece seems to
RE:

"Dan, you're slightly cracked, mate. There is perhaps a reason why mainstream media outlets don't want to touch you, and why you're here, talking to a nobody like me."

LOL. I am a nobody, too!

"But I do like giving cracked dudes a bit of a voice, so if you leave details on what this literary fake is in the comments, then I'll post it here for everyone to see."

ABOVE DONE DEAL.

"Don't email me and ask to chat privately, cause it isn't going to happen, and at any rate, there's really nothing I can do for you outside using this blog post if it's true or not."

CAN WE CHAT OFFLINE NOW? JUST ONE WRITER WANTING TO CHAT WITH ANOTHER WRITER. BY THE WAY...I am 60, maybe that explains it! SMILE. 60 going on 19. Slightly cracked? No, deeply, madly, utterly cracked. Story of me life. Now why would ANYONE ever think I am SPAM? This happens to me all the time, Ben. I send polite emails to complete strangers and they think I am SPAM. What's up with that?

SMILE.

Your post gave me a good laff, and cheers, mate...

Danny on island Taiwan, same time zone as you Down Under...

if you really want to see how CRACKED I am, Ben, see my polar cities for Australia and NZ work here:

http://pcillu101.blogspot

and my lawsuit for US$1 billion against all world leaders for global warming here, from Reuters:

http://northwardho.blogspot.com

PS -- I know what you are going to say now: "Dan, get a life!"

I did get a life. And look where it got me!

See my take on BLOOMSDAY and James Joyce here:

http://bloomsinthenews.blogspot.com

Over and out. Oh, I said that already, didn't I?
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