Last respects paid to Arnošt Lustig

Friends, politicians and writers paid their respects to Czech writer Arnošt Lustig on Tuesday at Prague’s new Jewish cemetery. The 84-year-old writer died on Saturday after a long illness. Present at Tuesday’s ceremony were Culture Minister Jiří Besser and the former head of the Senate, Přemysl Sobotka. A wreath was sent by former president Václav Havel. Lustig was marked by his experiences in WWII when, as a Jew, he was sent to various Nazi concentration camps before being transported to the death camp of Auschwitz. He later wrote books to retell what he had seen as fiction because people refused to believe it as reality. A private ceremony at the cemetery for family was held on Monday.

Author: Chris Johnstone