NEW YORK - The publisher of a disputed Holocaust memoir has cancelled the book, adding the name Herman Rosenblat to an increasingly long line of literary fakers and bringing down with a crash his story - embraced by Oprah Winfrey among others - of meeting his future wife at a Nazi concentration camp.
Rosenblat's "Angel at the Fence" had been scheduled to come out in February but Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (U.S.A.), withdrew the memoir Saturday following allegations by scholars, friends and family members that the tale was untrue.
"Berkley Books is cancelling publication of Angel at the Fence after receiving new information from Herman Rosenblat's agent, Andrea Hurst," the publisher said in a statement.
"Berkley will demand that the author and the agent return all money that they have received for this work."
A couple of days earlier, Berkley had offered a qualified defence of the book, saying it was a work of memory, a story whose truth was known only to the author.