The dark and imaginative world of Roald Dahl

The 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' author's family apologizes for his anti-Semitism

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07/12/20 | StarsInsider

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A revered writer, Roald Dahl is still one of the most-loved children's authors today. He was known for works such as 'The Witches', 'The BFG' and 'Matilda,' and for his peculiar but wild imagination. 

He's not without his faults, however, and became notorious for his anti-Semitic remarks, specifically the comments his made in a 1983 interview, which you can see in this gallery. Although he died 30 years ago, his anti-Semitism is surfacing again as Anne Hathaway, who is Jewish, stars in a feature film based on Dahl's book 'The Witches.'

The author's family has issued an apology "for the lasting and understandable hurt caused by some of Roald Dahl's statements," which they claimed stand in contrast to they man they knew, TMZ reports. The family added, "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."

So who was the famed writer and where did he get the inspiration for his incredible books? Find out more in the following gallery.

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