77 year old Sidney "Charlatan" Finkel (A.K.A. Finkelstein) is another senior out of the Southern Arizona Holocaust Survivors Group Syndicate who is in the news again... and again and again. Sid is inexhaustible! He has spent the last 14 years obsessively telling his story to over 100,000 people, and he travels to 30 or so schools across the country and speaks to 7,500 students and adults a year. He often reads from his fictional childrens book, "Sevek and the Holocaust: The Boy Who Refused to Die". The Crap-holo industry even puts out a professional study guide for teachers who want to use the book as a teaching tool.
He loves to recount to bright eyed little kiddies his horrible stories, especially the one about how the 'Germans' (as he refers to them) came to the hospital and threw his sister's newborn baby out the window and then took her away and shot her. He repeated his gloomy story, with a couple variations, for soldiers at Fort Huachuca recently. Now and then, usually around the thirtieth time a day he dredges up his dead sister's name, he wipes away a tear. Oh, Sid. We feel your pain, buddy!
Finkel is good chums with childhood friend and fellow Buchenwald alumni Herman "Chuckles" Rosenblat who wrote the death camp love story that turned out to be a fake. Since, however, he has distanced himself from his friend. "I knew the story was a lie,'' Finkel now says, even though he initially accompanied Rosenblatt on part of his tour. Now that the fraud was exposed, Sid is only worried that Rosenblat's made-up story damages the credibility of all survivors: "It creates doubt in people's minds. Everyone's memoir is in doubt now.'' We can only dream.
Finkel, a retired appliance salesman, is also a pal of our death-quilt maker Rosa Freund. He accompanied her on their memorable visit to tell the Catholic Bishop how bad his religion is. Sid also told the Bishop that his experience with Catholics in his native Poland was “negative, and that’s a mild description.” He said it was his view that anti-Semitism was the result of “centuries of repression” by the Church. Then he tried to sell the Padre a used refrigerator.
Sidney "Charlatan" Finkel (A.K.A. Finkelstein) doesn't much rely on the Holo Museums to tout his prowess as a prevaricator. He likes to keep the money all to himself, and he blows his own horn loud and clear on his tacky website "holocaustspeaker.com" where he shamelessly hawks his service as a hired holo-goon. Sid singing "My Way" (It is really him, but maybe he's crooning, "What kind of fools are you?"). He takes Pay Pal
Sidney's webite: "Sidney Finkel: Holocaust Speaker"
Speaking to the Youth of America,
In Your School"
He has a book out, "Sevek and the Holocaust: The Boy Who Refused to Die"