But he had a darker side, one that his family now recognizes on his website. They apologize for his anti-Semitic views.
Dahl’s work lives on in today’s culture. Netflix has signed a $ 1 billion contract to develop his work into films and series. Oscar-winning director Taika Waititi is now making an animated series from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Witches A film also based on his novel has just been released in October by HBO Max. The Stars of Anne Hathaway.
Dahl died 30 years ago, but his statements receive further scrutiny.
Two years ago, the Royal Mint rejected plans to celebrate Dahl’s life with a commemorative coin, citing his anti-Semitic views.
In a 1983 interview with States of the States, he said: “There is a characteristic of a Jewish character that causes hostility, perhaps it is a kind of lack of generosity towards non-Jews. “I mean, there’s always a reason why anti-anything is evolving everywhere.”
He added: “Even stinking like Hitler did not touch them for no reason.”
Dahl doubled in an article in The Independent in 1990. “I am certainly anti-Israel and I became anti-Semitic just like you got a Jew in another country like England to strongly support Zionism. I think they should see both sides.
“It’s the same old thing: we all know about the Jews and the rest of it. “There are no non-Jewish publishers anywhere, they control the media – a clever thing to do – so the president of the United States should sell all these things to Israel.”
Dahl’s family quietly issued an apology for his comments on his official website. “The Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company deeply apologize for the permanent and understandable injury caused by some of Roald Dahl’s statements.
“Those preconceived notions are incomprehensible to us and are in stark contrast to the man we knew and the values at the heart of Roald Dahl’s stories, which have had a positive effect on young people for generations.
“We hope that, as he did his best, in the absolute worst case, Roald Dahl can remind us of the lasting impact of words.”
The apology ceased to mention his views in his official biography on the website. The family also did not turn to Jewish organizations.
Dahl was born in 1916 in Wales to Norwegian parents. His first children’s book, The Gremilians, was published in 1943, followed by James James and the giant peach in 1961, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1964 and Fantastic Mr. Fox in 1970.
He also has screenplays for fellow James Bond filmmakers You only live twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as several adult novels.