According to the newspaper “The Guardian”, British Royal mint refused to release a commemorative coin for the 100th anniversary of the famous English writer Roald Dahl because of his anti-Semitic remarks.
In official documents obtained by the Guardian when using the laws on freedom of information was revealed that the Royal mint rejected the proposal on the minting of commemorative coins to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of famous children’s writer Roald Dahl, because he “is not considered by the author the highest reputation.”
The decision is contained in the minutes of the meeting of the Committee of the Royal mint, held in 2014, where Committee members were instead selected coins dedicated to William Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter. The decision was made, despite the fact that Royal mail deemed the memory of children’s author set of commemorative stamps dedicated to his books, many of which were adapted into films. These include “Matilda”, “Charlie and the chocolate factory” and the BFG (“Big friendly giant”).
In the minutes of the Committee says: “the Themes outlined below were considered but not recommended. The 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl. Is associated with anti-Semitism and is not considered by the author the highest reputation.”
While children’s books remain favorite Dahl, its history of anti-Semitic comments, which had previously been largely neglected, overshadowed by the celebration of its 100th anniversary.