The family of the late British writer Roald Dahl has apologised for anti-Semitic comments made by Dahl, famous as the author of books like Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Dahl died at age 74 in 1990, but his books still continue to be popular around the world, though anti-Semitic comments he made have tarnished his legacy.
In a statement posted on his official website overnight, Dahl’s family apologised “for the lasting and understandable hurt caused by some of Roald Dahl’s statements”.
The news agency PA referred to an interview with the New Statesman magazine in 1983, in which the author for instance said: “There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity, maybe it’s a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews.”
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“Even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason,” Dahl added.
“Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked contrast to the man we knew and to the values at the heart of Roald Dahl’s stories,” Dahl’s family wrote.
“We hope that, just as he did at his best, at his absolute worst, Roald Dahl can help remind us of the lasting impact of words,” the statement said.