Judith Fanto, born in 1969 as Geertruide van den Heuvel, was named after her Jewish grandmother Trude. Twenty years ago she lawfully changed her first name to Judith. Fanto, the family name of one of her Viennese ancestors, is since then her literary alias. The content of Viktor is based on the experiences of the Jewish-Viennese family of Judith Fanto. Viktor has really existed.
Judith Fanto is a medical lawyer by occupation. She has educated doctors and nurses on patients’ rights and provided general hospitals, psychiatric clinics and paramedical practices with legal advice on the implementation of medical care legislation. She published judicial articles in medical journals and assisted in establishing a book on Dutch Law for nurses. After a turnaround in the direction of journalism, Judith was at the heart of the creation of Eigen! Magazine and became its chief-editor. She co-established the Apeldoorn Jewish Foundation and made the organization of the Jewish Cultural Festival her business. Judith engaged in countless activities at the crossroads of Law and Communication and, together with her husband Thomas, set up the OPA Foundation. This foundation allows children and youngsters with complex psychiatrical issues to join in on outdoor activities without unnecessary sensory stimuli. Thomas and Judith have three beautiful children, of whom two are autistic.
Viktor is Judith Fanto’s debut novel.