ARNOŠT LUSTIG: writer, prosaist, publicist, and screenwriter
He is a laureate of the Karel Čapek Award (1996), the state First Level Distinguished Service Award (2000), the Vladislav Vančura Award for his life’s work, and many other awards. In the USA, he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. The topic that he takes up most often in his work is the persecution of the Jews during the Second World War. He is the president of the organisational committee of the Czech Head project, the president of the Nine Gates Festival of Czech-German-Jewish Culture, and the Honorary President of the Franz Kafka Society.