January 23, 2022

Court Rules National Library of Israel to Get Kafka Papers, Material Will Be Made Available Online

From Bloomberg:

A cache of as yet unseen Franz Kafka manuscripts will be made available online to scholars after an Israeli court ruled they weren’t given as a gift to the secretary of the author’s executor and friend Max Brod.

According to the Tel Aviv Family Court decision, the papers, which were stashed away in safes and attics for years, will become the property of the National Library of Israel, which promised in a statement to scan and put them on its website.


The library plans to catalog and preserve the papers, then, “in the not so distant future scan and open them up to all on the Internet, in this way fulfilling Brod’s will,” Oren Weinberg, director of the library, said in an e-mailed statement.

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See Also: Israel court orders Kafka manuscripts be transferred to National Library (Haaretz via Google Cache)

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