Stefan Zweig

Stefan Zweig – 70 Years

Stefan ZweigOn February 23, 1942, Stefan Zweig and his second wife Charlotte Elisabeth Altmann committed suicide together in Petrópolis, Brazil.

 


 

 In his suicide letter, Zweig wrote:
 
“Every day I learned to love this country more, and I would not have asked to rebuild my life in any other place after the world of my own language sank and was lost to me and my spiritual homeland, Europe, destroyed itself.

But to start everything anew after a man’s 60th year requires special powers, and my own power has been expended after years of wandering homeless. I thus prefer to end my life at the right time, upright, as a man for whom cultural work has always been his purest happiness and personal freedom – the most precious of possessions on this earth.
 
I send greetings to all of my friends: May they live to see the dawn after this long night. I, who am most impatient, go before them."
 
During 1933, Zweig contacted the National Library of Israel and expressed his interest to entrust artifacts from his personal archive at the Library. These were indeed sent, and are now part of the Stefan Zweig archive, preserved at the Archives Department of the Library. For a description of the archive click here.
 
Presented here are several works by Zweig and items from the Stefan Zweig archive, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of his death.
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