February 16, 2006 -- The latest scene in a fairytale love story that began at a Nazi concentration camp when a starving 12-year-old met a brave girl plays out today at a Long Island synagogue.
Herman Rosenblat, now 76, will celebrate his bar mitzvah and Roma Rosenblat, 73, his wife of 48 years, will be at his side.
Roma was only 9 years old when she risked her life for months to smuggle him food at Schlieben munitions factory in Germany — and met him again 14 years later on a blind date in New York.
Their story is set to become a motion picture called "The Fence."
When Rabbi Anchelle Perl of Congregation Beth Sholom Chabad in Mineola saw the Rosenblats interviewed on TV for Valentine's Day, he called to ask Herman to if he had been bar mitzvahed.
"I was so involved in making a living I never thought of it," Herman said.
At Schlieben one night, his late mom "came to me in a dream and said, 'I'm sending you an angel.' "
The next day "I saw a girl through the fence. I whispered, 'Do you have anything to eat?' "
She threw food over the fence for seven months.
Years later in New York, Herman, who had his own television-repair business, said a reluctant "yes" to a friend who asked him to go on a blind date. It was Roma.