(EDITOR'S NOTE: Screenwriter-director David Mamet wrote that in Israel, they have a saying -- "There's no business like Shoah business." Shoah is translated as "Holocaust.")
In the wake of the recent disclosure by the author of a Holocaust memoir that her best-selling book is a fake, historians are worried that such incidents will cast doubt on legitimate Holocaust scholarship and memoirs.
Holocaust deniers already are having a field day with the story, observers say.
A prominent article about the hoax is featured on the Web site of Holocaust denier David Duke, who asserts that the case casts doubt on all "outlandish Holocaust tales."
Deborah Dwork, a Holocaust scholar who says she warned the publisher of the book, "Misha: A Memoir of the Holocaust Years," a decade ago that the book's veracity was suspect, is most concerned about how young minds will be affected by such fakery.
The effect on young people, "who are not grounded in history and who may only vaguely remember talk that a memoir was not true," she said, "opens the door to greater readiness to acceptance of Holocaust denier arguments.