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    Phony Holocaust Autobiography Pulled From Shelves
    News; Posted on: 2004-11-04 23:05:14

    Jewish publisher who spent three years working on book claims to be shocked by revelations, fears incident may incite Holocaust denial.

    An author who wrote a book allegedly based on his harrowing life as a "Holocaust survivor" is at the center of a storm over his credibility. The publishing company pulled copies of Stolen Soul (pictured) from bookshops after a private investigator was called in to probe the author's background.

    The book, written by Bernard Holstein -- whose real name is Bernard Brougham -- claims to be "the amazing true story of survival and mateship in Auschwitz." The publisher describes the book as "an epic read full of stories of how Bernard underwent experiments, assisted the Underground and even escaped, only to be recaptured and subjected to even greater torture."

    Publicity for the book said Bernard Holstein "endured two years of hell" at Auschwitz. Despite his ordeal, "Bernard survived and has now fulfilled his promise to tell the story the world needs to know. Stolen Soul is Bernard's story. His memories, his tears, his belief in the human spirit are all contained within its pages."

    Publisher Judy Shorrock, who edits the Perth Maccabean, told the Australian Jewish News 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.

    No one dared question the tale until the man's Australian foster family called the University of Western Australia Press claiming that not only was he not born in Holstein, Germany, as he said, but he was not even Jewish. By this stage the book had sold out its first print run and Brougham was already at work on a sequel, revealing how he "fled to Australia after Auschwitz was liberated."

    Brougham, 69, a mining camp cook, has no immigration papers, no German birth certificate and no living witnesses to verify his arrival in Sydney from a "post-war holding camp in Cyprus." Brougham says, "All I have is what is in my memory."

    A private investigator discovered that Brougham was born in Australia, baptized a Roman Catholic in 1942, made his Confirmation in 1952 and even spent time in a seminary training to become a priest.

    On the strength of the book, Brougham was invited to talk to schoolchildren at the Holocaust Institute in Yokine. The book has been selling on the Internet for $26.95 and Brougham has made several book-signing appearances.
 
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