Holocaust Love Fake; True Love: But Herman and Roma Rosenblat Had Never Met in Germany

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IT was billed as one of the greatest love stories ever told.

A Jewish boy who survived a Nazi concentration camp thanks to food thrown over the fence by a girl he called his 'angel' met her again by chance on a blind date in New York after the war and took her as his wife.

Hollywood snapped up the rights and a tear-jerking book relating Herman and Roma Rosenblat's romance and 50 years of wedded bliss was destined to be a bestseller.

But last night the story was exposed as fantasy.

Mr Rosenblat, 79, had indeed been a 12-year-old prisoner at Schlieben, a sub-camp of Buchenwald in Nazi Germany in the early 1940s.

But there was no nine-year-old girl at the fence sneaking in apples and bread to keep him alive.

Roma, now 76, was actually 200 miles away in Poland at the time, in hiding with the rest of her Jewish family.

When the pair met on a blind date in New York in the 1950s it was the first time they had set eyes on each other, not a million-to-one reunion.

The 'angel with the apples' story hit the headlines in the 1990s after Mr Rosenblat submitted it to a local newspaper competition.

U.S. TV researchers begged the couple to tell their remarkable lifestory on Oprah Winfrey's chat show.

Fearing the wider interest in their little fairytale, the Rosenblats refused - until Miss Winfrey herself called their home near Miami to persuade them.

Interviewing them twice over the years, Miss Winfrey described their lives as 'the single greatest love story we've ever told on air'. …