?

Log in

No account? Create an account

The Past | The Previous

Dan Bloom

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)

Comments

(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."