I read this article which suggested that Roald Dahl's The Witches is basically a work of anti-Semitism. Now I am aware of Roald's own apparent/alleged anti-Semitism but this is a question specifically about The Witches.
The article states:
the whole story is founded on deeply antisemitic tropes.
Reading through the article, the links seem very tenuous. The evidence presented is:
- A global conspiracy of child murderers
- Big noses
To me this seems like a ridiculous attempt to link a few mild coincidences: wealth global conspiracies and child murder are pretty generic horror / dystopian-world tropes as well. Big noses? As far as I remember, the witches are described as having slightly odd-looking nostrils, not big noses, and the wigs thing appears to be grasping at straws (e.g. I don't recall a stereotype of a Jewish bald woman).
Granted the article appears to be more about the movie than the book, but it puts the blame squarely on Roald Dahl, to the extent of almost excusing Robert Zemeckis, so the implication is clear.
Is it a commonly held interpretation that Witches are a hint at Jews? Or, has Dahl himself, or anyone connected to him admitted or suggested it?