But for those who are most trusting and believing, the ultimate tragedy occurs if they find out this amazing true story is all a lie.
This memoir was one that was scheduled to be released in a couple months, called Angel at The Fence by Herman Rosenblat. This fictitious memoir is about how Herman Rosenblat met his wife of 50 years, Roma Radzicki Rosenblat, as a child in a Nazi concentration camp. In the "memoir" Roma, a Jewish woman, dresses up as a Christian farm girl and throws apples over the fence.
Oprah called this story the "single greatest love story" she had ever heard. Well, the story apparently has as much validity as the Jack & Rose Titanic story.
It's really too bad, because I love true stories and memoirs, but the fascination in outrageous and unbelievable stories, steals the spotlight from true stories.
One of the things that makes documentaries have a leg up over memoirs, is that while they still can deal with real stores, a documentary captures footage. Granted people may argue about the editing and commentary associates with a documentary, the fact of the matter is that a documentary at least captures real images.
(If you want to see an example of public outcry, read the comments on these two posts on the documentary Jesus Camp...some of my most commented on post: Becky Fisher closes camp following Jesus Camp Reactions, Becky Fischer's Yoke In Jesus Camp)
I don't think that memoirs need to be fact-checked line for line as if they were New York Times articles...but I wouldn't be opposed to a snopes.com-like-organization that verified and fact-checked books and gave them the "memoir seal of approval" because it's unfortunate to be moved by a true story only to discover it's a sham.