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Letters show paternal side of literary giant Stefan Zweig

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."

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