The daughter of the late Israeli author Amos Oz claimed that her father subjected her to the “routine of sadistic abuse” in the new memoirs, claims that were disputed by his family.
Galia Oz, a children’s author, published her autobiography Something Disguised in Love in Hebrew on Sunday. “As a child, my father beat, cursed and humiliated me,” she writes, in a translation published by the Haaretz newspaper. “The violence was creative: he dragged me out of the house and threw me out. He called me trash. Not a temporary loss of control and not a slap here or there, but a routine of sadistic abuse. I committed my crime myself, so there was no end to the punishment. He needed to make sure I broke down. “
Amos Oz, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 79, was one of the most respected Israeli authors, who often received tips as a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature. A writer of fiction and non-fiction, his most famous works are The Black Box, In the Land of Israel and A Tale of Love and Darkness. When Oz died, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called him “our greatest writer” and “giant of the spirit.”
Fania Oz-Salzberger, Gaul’s sister and Amos ’daughter, and the author herself, said in a statement that she, her mother Neely and brother Daniel“ remember Gaul differently ”.
“All our lives we have known a very different Amos, a warm and affectionate man who deeply and tenderly loved his family.” she wrote. “He dedicated his heart and soul to us. The vast majority of Gaul’s accusations against Amos are completely at odds with our three lives from the loving memory of him. “
“Amos tried to his deathbed and hoped to talk to Gaul again, to listen, understand and comprehend even claims that are contrary to the reality as he and we saw,” Oz-Salzberger wrote. “Galia’s pain is palpable and shocking. But we remember differently. Stunningly different. “
In a lengthy Facebook post, translated by Haaretz, Daniel Oz wrote that his father “was not an angel, but only a human being. But he was the best man I had ever had the privilege of knowing. Unlike us, my middle sister Galia remembers experiencing difficult parenting and abuse from our father. I am sure – or I know – there is a core of truth in her statements. Don’t delete it. But don’t even delete us, “he wrote.
“My father is dead and he cannot stand on the dock and plead not guilty, nor can he defend those he loved. We are just witnesses – as far as the things our mother remembers differently from Gaul, the things Fania remembers differently from Gaul, the things I remember differently from Gaul. Therefore, these are our memories, from our personal point of view, which is limited (as is everyone’s). And I will keep my explanation of the contradiction between our stories to myself. ”
The Times of Israel reported that writer Yehuda Atlas, a friend of Gaul Oz, told Israeli radio station Army Radio that he knew about these stories.
“It’s hard for us leftists, Amos Oz was our golden prince, but it seems that even the moon has a dark side,” Atlas said.