With his usual limp, Herman Rosenblat, whose best-selling "memoir" of his Holocaust love affair with his wife was yanked off the market by the publisher when parts were proven false, insisted to ABC News again yesterday that he never lied.
Of his heartbreaking, well-worn story that his non-imprisoned future wife lovingly tossed apples and peeled grapes to him over a fence at his concentration camp (which physically could not possibly have happened, according to historians), Rosenblat said: "It wasn't a lie."
"Even though it never happened, I believe it. She was certainly there and she threw the apples to me and then she peeled some grapes and fed me through a fence. In my imagination, it is true."
"Now let me tell you sometimes about the rabbits that brought the lettuce leaves. It will be in my new book."
When asked about his limp, Rosenblat told reporters that it was a blessing from above.
"If a man is blind in one eye, his other eye becomes better. Or if he is deaf in one ear, his other ear hears better, right? So, I was given this longer leg to more than compensate for the short one."