Friday, 31 August 2012

No plaque for the writer Stefan Sweig

English Heritage have rejected the application to commemorate Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) with the English Heritage blue plaque on the London house in which he lived for five years.

Zweig, a Jewish writer fled Austria in 1934. He settled in Hallam Street in London for five years and become a British citizen.
Ref: English Heritage blue plaque, Wikimedia Commons
Zweig has recently undergone a resurgence of interest recently. He was a prominent writer during the 1920s and 1930s and was well known in Europe and America (although not Britain) for his stories, novellas, biographies and his one novel entitled 'Beware of Pity'.


Zweig committed suicide in Brazil in 1942. In February of this year, The National Library of Israel  published online letters by Zweig including his suicide letter, to mark the 70th anniversary of his death. Find out more including a description of his archive.

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