Obituaries

Otfried Preussler, children’s author

BERLIN — Otfried Preussler, a bestselling German children’s author who created “The Robber Hotzenplotz” and “The Little Witch” books, died at 89.

His publisher said Mr. Preussler died Monday at his home in Prien am Chiemsee.

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The Thienemann publishing house said Wednesday that 50 million copies of Mr. Preussler’s books were translated into more than 50 languages.

Mr. Preussler won the European Youth book prize for his novel “Krabat,” published in 1971 and translated in English as “The Satanic Mill,” in 1973.

In recent years, Mr. Preussler was among a number of authors whose works were criticized for containing terms deemed offensive to minorities.

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