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Daughter of Amos Oz details abuses by novelist in new book

The daughter of highly acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz says her father “serially abused” her, physically and mentally, until his death in 2018.

Amos Oz reading from one of his books in 2011. (photo credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Amos Oz reading from one of his books in 2011. (photo credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Galia Oz details her father’s alleged abuses in a new autobiography “Something Disguised as Love,” which has shaken Israel’s image of the novelist, considered among the country’s greatest writers and a perennial Nobel prize favorite.

“During my childhood, my dad beat, cursed and humiliated me,” she writes. “The abuse was creative: He would drag me around the house and throw me onto the stoop outside. He would call me sleazy. He didn’t lose his cool and this wasn’t an occasional slap on the face but a routine of serial abuse. My crime was that I am me, and so the punishment was unending. He needed to be sure I was broken.”

Writer Yehuda Atlas, a friend of Galia Oz, tells Army Radio, “I knew about these stories. It’s hard for us leftists, Amos Oz was our golden prince, but it seems even the moon has a dark side.”

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