Now to be fair Rosenblatt, unlike Misha Defonseca/Monique DeWael, is at least Jewish and did, in fact, survive a death camp so he has the excuse that he lived a horrific and traumatizing experience and can be granted some leniency but.... The sad, inexcusable truth is that every time someone concocts one of these stories they trivialize and exploit the true stories of Holocaust survivors and that is inexcusable. Rosenblatt knew all along that he was telling lies --- his own son told him to knock it off. But he persisted. So, now he is exposed as a fraud and he has to live with that.
Of course, from my perspective, the real travesty is the hunger of the public for these absurd, sensational memoirs. Like “Miz-Lit” and “murderabilia” they would not exist if the public wasn't so infatuated with gobbling up someone else's tragedies. The market creates the climate for these hoaxes. Sadly, the hoaxes themselves are gobbled up and, in Misha Defonseca's case, extraordinarily profitable. Defonseca and her co-writer Vera Lee have profited hugely from the hoax and continue to do so.
As many readers know I chronicled the unfolding of the Defonseca hoax here on this blog and I continue to follow the attempts of Defonseca/Lee's publisher Jane Daniel to obtain some justice in this disgraceful situation. Vera Lee continues her attempts to have Daniel thrown out of her house so she (Lee) can sell it and profit even more than she has so far.
One of the things that one observes in watching the interviews and reading the newspaper coverage about this on-going situation is Vera Lee's claims that Daniel “hid” money in off-shore accounts and that she, with her lawyer's help, “discovered” these accounts. Now it may well be true that the actual location of the banks money was held in were never revealed to Defonseca/Lee (does Random House tell their authors which banks they keep their money in?) but the actual funds themselves were accounted for on royalty statements that were entered into evidence in court. For this reason, several of Jane Daniel's friends and supporters have been urging her to post the financial statements and related documentation on her blog and offer it to the media. If Vera Lee continues to bang the drum that she and her lawyer “discovered” purloined funds, wouldn't the best way to refute that be to just post the records? So that is what Daniel is working on now.
One of the powerful things about the internet is that there are so many opportunities and forums for public exposure. Daniel is presently working on a video that will be posted on YouTube that addresses the financial questions that surround the case and demonstrate that while Vera Lee may have figured out which banks Mount Ivy's accounts were in, the actual funds in those accounts had always been available to the court.
The whole issue of literary hoaxes is a growing phenomenon and one can't help but wonder how dumb an author would have to be to try it at this time. Defonseca/Lee currently hold the record for profiting from fraud. $33 million for a hoax that was 1.) a lie to begin with, 2.) created by a non-Jew claiming to be Jewish who was also the daughter of a traitor, 3.) a hoax perpetrated on the legal system, 4.) a hoax on the Jewish philanthropies that gave financial support, and 5.) a hoax on the publishing industry.
As Vera Lee continues her relentless attempts to take Jane Daniel's home away from her, we can only hope that the legal system, Jewish organizations, and the publishing industry will speak out. If this hoax continues to be profitable for Defonseca and Lee it only serves to support the efforts of future hoaxters.
Thanks for reading.