Fool Oprah Once...

Oprah is a woman of many talents, but spotting fakes, apparently, isn’t one of them. Three years after selecting James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” for her on-air book club — only later to learn that the so-called memoir contained more than a few fabrications — the “Queen of Talk” has, once again, been had.

Over the weekend Berkley Books canceled the memoir of Herman Rosenblat, a Holocaust survivor whom Oprah twice featured on her daytime show. Rosenblat’s book “Angel at the Fence” recounted a Nazi-era love story and post-war reunion. But after the veracity of that tale was called into question in The New Republic, the author recanted his story and the publishing house nixed plans for the book’s February 3 release.

Rosenblat had written about the little girl who helped save his life by tossing apples over the fence of the concentration camp where he had been imprisoned; as the story goes, the two would meet on a blind date more than a decade later. They have been married for 50 years.

The Rosenblats appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1996 and 2007 — and the talk show host deemed their romance “the single greatest love story” she had ever heard.

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