Australian Jewish News
Australia, Saturday, November 6, 2004
by Melissa Singer
A HOLOCAUST-THEMED autobiography was
withdrawn from sale this week following revelations
questioning its authenticity.
Stolen Soul by Bernard Holstein -- who
lives in Perth [Western
Australia] and claimed he was a Holocaust
survivor -- was removed from bookshelves across Australia
earlier this week after the publisher uncovered evidence
which challenges the author's credibility, including
claims he spent time in Auschwitz.
Publisher Judy Shorrock, who edits the Perth
Maccabean, told the AJN she was still
"shocked" by the revelations and fears the incident may
incite Holocaust denial.
"I've spent three years
working on this book. I am devastated... that it could
damage the credibility of the Holocaust -- that just
makes me feel sick," she said.
The book was pulled from shelves earlier this week by
the distributor, University of WA Press, after evidence
uncovered by a private investigator -- hired at
Shorrock's own expense -- refutes Holstein's claims that
he spent time in the Nazi concentration camp.
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