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Holocaust survivor sued in Fla. for memoir 'lies'
October 20, 2009 8:27 AM
The Associated Press
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The man who accosted Holocaust scholar Elie Weisel in 2007 has filed suit in Florida against an Auschwitz death camp survivor, alleging her memoir is full of lies.
Eric Hunt seeks damages in excess of $60 million, alleging Irene Weisberg Zisblatt should be punished “for tormenting Gentiles and instilling hatred in Jews.”
Zisblatt’s son-in-law, who is a lawyer, calls the lawsuit “absurd” but says he’s worried about the woman’s safety.
Hunt made headlines in 2007 for dragging Wiesel off a San Francisco hotel elevator. He said then he had mental problems and got “sucked into anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on the Internet.”
Hunt was sentenced to 4 years probation and ordered to undergo psychological treatment. He was released from a 2-year prison sentence for 1 year served during the proceedings.
According to a website dedicated to Ms. Zisblatt...
As a young prisoner in the camps, Irene witnessed and experienced unspeakable cruelty and brutality. She lost her whole family to the gas chambers. She was a "guinea pig" for Dr Josef Mengele, who performed inhumane experiments on her. The last mementoes of her family were the four diamonds given to her by her mother, that she had to keep swallowing over and over so they wouldn't be confiscated. She walked for two months on a death march while thousands of weakened prisoners dropped dead around her. Through it all, she held onto her hope and faith and, encouraged by the strength of her friend, Sabka, somehow she made it through one of humankind's darkest eras.
Although she swore to tell the world of the atrocities she'd seen, to be a voice for her friends and fellow prisoners, it took her fifty years to get over her fear and shame before she could do so. After taking part in the March of the Living, a walk through the camps culminating in Israel, she opened up and shared her story with the younger generation. She's been sharing it ever since, speaking around the world, testifying for the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and taking part in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning documentary, "The Last Days."
Of course there are those who attempt to convince the world that the Holocaust never happened and those who attempt to obfuscate or one-up the atrocity by citing other monsterous acts and it appears that Eric Hunt is one of those. But, one has to wonder just how effective that court-ordered psychiatric treatment has been.