Israeli court rejects plea to keep Kafka papers secret
Thursday 22 July 2010
An Israeli court has ruled that papers once belonging to Franz Kafka be made public for the first time.
The unpublished works of the late Czech author have been hidden from the world for more than 40 years, and are the subject of a bitterly-contested ownership wrangle.
Tel Aviv's family court rejected a request for a gag order to prevent publication of the documents, ruling separately that the papers, stored in vaults in Israel and Switzerland, should be made public, with the exception of private papers.
It is believed the papers, including correspondence between Kafka and his mentor, Max Brod, may include an unseen manuscript by the author who penned the celebrated works The Trial and The Metamorphosis.
The ruling comes days after Israel's Supreme Court ordered that the deposit boxes containing Kafka's papers be opened, allowing temporary access to lawyers and manuscript experts. Kafka's papers have been the subject of an ownership dispute over the past two years between the Hoffe family and Israel's National Library.
Shortly before his death, when he was a little-known Jewish writer, Kafka left his collection of unpublished documents to his close friend, Max Brod, insisting that they all be destroyed unread. Mr Brod did not heed his wishes, and published works by Kafka that propelled the Czech into the annals of literary greats.
As Hitler prepared to invade Czechoslovakia in 1938, Brod fled to Israel with the bulk of the Kafka papers stuffed into a suitcase. After his death in 1968, the documents passed into the hands of Ester Hoffe, his secretary and rumoured lover.
After Mrs Hoffe's death two years ago, her daughters, Eva Hoffe and Ruth Wiesler, claimed they were the rightful inheritors, and said they planned to sell the papers to the German Literary Archive in Marbach.
The proposal infuriated Israel, which regards the Kafka papers as part of its national heritage.
filmFilm producers sue Warner Bros for $75m over Hobbit films
sportNapoli 2 Arsenal 0: Gunners must now face either Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona in knock-out stages
Swedish stars ask fans for £195 pledges on crowd-funding website
voicesJust when you thought you could find a man, get married, and have a baby by the age of 35... it turns out you’re too late, says Grace Dent
musicAs Mariah Carey and Noddy Holder rake in the royalties from their classics, why there hasn't been a decent festive hit for 20 years?
theatreAuthor Daniel Rosenthal recalls the mishaps that almost brought the curtain down on the likes of John Gielgud and Diana Rigg
lifeAs the Royal Mail plans to phase out deliveries on two wheels, it's no wonder posties are in a spin
musicThe 21-year-old beat Ella Eyre and Chlöe Howl to win the honour
lifeFull of the joys and want to help your fellow man? December isn't the time to do it
techLuke Blackall reports on precision engineered prams and babygros that monitor your child 24-7
Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
David Cameron explains selfie with Obama and Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Mandela Memorial
French café starts charging extra to rude customers
Krokodil in Mexico? Teenager hospitalised after 'injecting drug into her genitals'
Australia incest case: Filthy and severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 John McAfee's $100 'anti-NSA' device: 'this is coming and cannot be stopped'
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 4 Is Facebook making us forget? Study shows that taking pictures ruin memories
- 5 Australia incest case: Filthy and severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
£77099.84 - £96375.26 per annum + Bonus + Benefits : Harrington Starr: My clie...
£45000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus and Package: Harrington Starr: Trading appli...
£35000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: C# .NET Developer (Win...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Senior QA Engineer Tes...