Letters show paternal side of literary giant Stefan Zweig
By Jonah Mandel, AFP
November 30, 2016, 12:27 am TWN
JERUSALEM--A series of previously unknown letters by literary great Stefan Zweig to a young man reveals a paternal side of the Austrian Jewish author concerned with the fate of Jews.
Israel's National Library, which has a Zweig archive comprised of letters and manuscripts, was recently contacted by 90-year-old Hannah Jacobson from Bat Yam, a coastal city in central Israel.
Jacobson had in her possession 26 letters and six postcards sent by Zweig, born on November 28, 1881, to her late stepfather Hans Rosenkranz over a 12-year correspondence.
The correspondence began in 1921 when Rosenkranz was 16 and Zweig was at a high point in his literary career, which eventually included works such as the novellas "Letter from an Unknown Woman" and "Amok" as well as his memoir "The World of Yesterday."