Kafka Knew Much More Hebrew than Previously Realized

A letter from recently opened archives of the great writer makes clear how seriously he took the language, and by extension a possible move to Palestine.

Franz Kafka’s Hebrew vocabulary notebook at Israel’s National Library in Jerusalem in 2014. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner.

Franz Kafka’s Hebrew vocabulary notebook at Israel’s National Library in Jerusalem in 2014. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner.

Observation
Aug. 21 2019
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