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Letters from the past

Stefan Zweig: He’s a Fredonian!

February 22, 2013
By BIRGER VANWESENBEECK - Special to the OBSERVER , The OBSERVER

Exactly 71 years ago on this day, the Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his second wife Lotte committed suicide in a rented two-story house in Petropolis, Brazil. It was an event that sent shock waves through the world and through the German-Jewish emigre population in the Americas in particular. Seen as cowardice by some (most notably by Thomas Mann), the Zweigs' final act of desperation marks a dark episode in the history of those fortunate enough to escape Nazi persecution in Europe but not to face the day-to-day emptiness left behind by loved ones lost at home.

 
 

 

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