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Writer Stefan Zweig in Exile

Monday, May 05, 2014

By the 1930s, Stefan Zweig had become the most widely translated living author in the world, and his novels, short stories, and biographies became instant best sellers. But after Hitler rose to power, Zweig, who had dedicated so much energy to promoting the arts and international humanism, became an increasingly isolated exile. He moved from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis—where, in 1942, he killed himself. George Prochnik tells the tragic story of Zweig’s extraordinary rise and fall. His biography The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World reveals how Zweig’s story is a symbol of the implosion of Europe as an ideal of Western civilization.

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George Prochnik

Comments [2]

Another deluded assimilationist left wing Jew who abhorred Zionism and took his life in the end. If only half the Jews of Europe had gone to Palestine in the 1920s and '30s and eschewed their cosmopolitan delusions, there would have been no Holocaust at all and a Jewish state by 1938. The Jews were the accomplices in their own destruction by denying harsh reality even as it stared them in the face.

May. 05 2014 01:02 PM
Robert from NYC

Well he was right, the nazis did follow him to Brazil and the rest of South America! I should think that that's where all those german surnames come from in South America no?

May. 05 2014 12:58 PM

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