Prolific Czech writer Arnošt Lustig died in Prague on Saturday at the age of 85 after a six year battle with cancer.

A survivor of Auschwitz and Dachau, Lustig made his name as a moralistic novelist and playwright.

He was nominated for a National Book Award in 1974 for his novel, A Prayer for Katerina Horowitzova, but is perhaps best known for Lovely Green Eyes which tells the story of a 15 year old Jewish girl who survives a concentration camp by working as a prostitute for the Nazis. The novel was nominated for a Pultizer Prize in 2003.

Lustig studied journalism at Charles University and worked as a lecturer at American University in Washington DC as well as a broadcaster at Radio Prague.

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