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Royal Produce Refused to Mint a Roald Dahl Coin Because to His Antisemitism!

Roald Dahl’s family has issued a belated apology for his history of anti-Semitism. Dahl wrote children’s books.

The statement on the official Roald Dahl website said, “The Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company truly apologize for the enduring and understandable hurt caused by some of Roald Dahl’s words.

The British author’s death in 1990 and the apology are separated by three decades. Dahl penned numerous beloved children’s books during the course of his nearly 50-year career, including Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG.

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He Also Said Certain Things that Were Anti-Semitic.

For instance, Dahl allegedly informed Britain’s New Statesman magazine in 1983 that “There is a characteristic of the Jewish character that does incite hostility. Hitler, who was a complete jerk, didn’t just pick on them arbitrarily.”

The family’s brief apology was an attempt to disassociate themselves from Dahl’s anti-Jewish views. The statement continued, “Those biassed sentiments are inexplicable to us and contrast sharply with the man we knew and the principles at the core of Roald Dahl’s writings, which have had a positive influence on young people for centuries.

“We believe that Roald Dahl can help remind us of the lasting influence of words, just as he did at his best, at his utter worst,”

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Although it’s unclear when the apology was published, it became public after The Sunday Times published a story about it Sunday.

His family also expressed more regrets. “It’s difficult to apologize for the words of a much-loved grandma, but it’s even harder when the remarks are so devastating to an entire community,” the family stated. “We adored Roald, but we vehemently reject his antisemitic remarks.”

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Jewish organizations responded favorably to the apology, noting that decades have elapsed since the author’s passing.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism stated in a statement that it was regrettable and tragically rather more understandable that his family and estate waited thirty years to issue an apology, reportedly until lucrative partnerships with Hollywood were negotiated.

(According to reports, Netflix shelled out at least $1 billion in 2018 to acquire the rights to 16 of Roald Dahl’s works.)

The organization went on to say that the apology was “encouraging,” but it’s “a shame that the estate has seen fit just to apologize for Dahl’s antisemitism rather than using its substantial riches to do anything about it,” they continued.

The president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, said, “This apology should have happened long ago, and it is concerning that it has done so quietly now.” The legacy of Dahl has been tainted by his “abhorrent antisemitic sentiments, which were no secret.”

Van der Zyl recommended that schools let students “learn about his bigoted ideas” through Dahl’s books.

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Dahl made more anti-Semitic remarks besides those made to New Statesman in 1983.

Just months before he passed away in 1990, Dahl told The Independent: “I’m obviously anti-Israeli and I’ve become antisemitic in that you get a Jewish individual in another nation like England enthusiastically supporting Zionism.

These kinds of remarks led the U.K.’s Royal Mint to drop a proposed Dahl coin in 2014 before the author’s 100th birthday.

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A commemorative coin subcommittee’s minutes stated that he was “connected with antisemitism and not considered as an author of the highest reputation,” according to The Guardian.

Even still, several well-known Jewish voices couldn’t help but succumb to Dahl’s books’ attraction. The CEO of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock, wrote on Twitter, “I’ve always loved Roald Dahl’s works. I was aware of his antisemitism, but bringing it up often felt disrespectful to one of the greatest writers of all time.


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