“Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked contrast to the man we knew and to the values at the heart of Roald Dahl’s stories, which have positively impacted young people for generations.
“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.”
The apology stopped short of mentioning his views in his official biography on the website. The family also did not reach out to Jewish organizations.
Dahl was born in 1916 in Wales to Norwegian parents. His first children’s book, The Gremlins, was published in 1943, followed by James and the Giant Peach in 1961, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1964 and Fantastic Mr Fox in 1970.
He also cowrote screenplays for the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as several adult-aimed novels.