Children’s favourite Roald Dahl: proudly antisemitic

n his writing shed Roald Dahl created friendly giants, giant peaches and horrible headteachers, but in the last few years of his life, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author revealed that he held virulently antisemitic views.

Mr Dahl, who died in November 1990, is in the spotlight this week because of a £500,000 campaign by former model Sophie Dahl to save her grandfather’s writing shed.

The author lost many fans in 1983, when he described the “horror and bestiality of the Lebanon War” in a book review for the Literary Review, saying it “makes one wonder in the end what sort of people these Israelis are. It is like the good old Hitler and Himmler times all over again.”

He accused the US of being “utterly dominated by the great Jewish financial institutions” and asked the rhetorical question: “must Israel, like Germany, be brought to her knees before she learns how to behave in this world?”


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