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Arnost Lustig Dies at Age 84

Arnost Lustig

PRAGUE (AP) — Arnost Lustig, an author who escaped from a Nazi death transport to make the Holocaust the main theme of his fiction has died. He was 84.

Jana Jelinkova, spokeswoman for Prague's Kralovske Vinohrady university clinic says Lustig died early Saturday. He had been battling cancer for five years.

Born in Prague in 1926, Lustig survived Auschwitz and two other Nazi camps before he managed to escape from a train that was transporting him to another one — Dachau — in 1945.

His experience was reflected in his books, including "A Prayer for Katerina Horowitzova" and "Diamonds of the Night."

In 1994, he received a literary award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for exceptional accomplishment.