Robert E. Conot dies at 82; journalist wrote study of the Watts Riots

Posted on November 27, 2011

Injustice was a theme in Conot’s early life that he rarely spoke about but which he repeatedly visited in his books, his daughter said. A native of Austria, he was a child of the Kindertransport. In 1938, when he was 9, he climbed aboard a train — and never saw his parents again. His father, a lawyer, died in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, and his mother, a professional violinist, perished at Auschwitz, Conot’s family said.

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