Franz Kafka manuscripts awarded to Israel library



2015-07-02 09:29:13

A court has ruled that a collection of rare manuscripts relating to writer Franz Kafka are to be awarded to the Israel national library, ending a lengthy legal battle that began in 2008. 

Kafka ordered his friend Max Brod to destroy all of his manuscripts and works following his death, though it was a wish that was not honored by Brod when Kafka died in 1924. 

Instead Brod took the papers to Palestine when he fled Nazi persecution in 1939, and bequethed them to secretary Esther Hoffe in 1968. 

Hoffe then tried and failed to auction the papers in 1973- eventually passing them on to her daughters who began their battle to retain the papers as their propety in 2008.

The Israeli national library says it will eventually post the collection online. 

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