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October 17, 2012
Kafka’s Writings to Go Public
JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli court ruled last week that papers belonging to writer Franz Kafka be transferred to the Israel National Library in Jerusalem.
The papers, which include correspondence between Kafka and his close friend Max Brod, have been the subject of a custody battle between the Hoffe family and Israel’s National Library.
Shortly before his death, Kafka left the papers to Brod, who contrary to Kafka’s wishes, published them. The rest of Brod's possessions passed on to his secretary, Esther Hoffe, who passed them down to her daughter Eva. Brod had bequeathed the manuscripts to the National Library in his will, according to Ha’aretz.