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Anniversary of Jakob Wasserman’s Death Commemorated in Germany

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German publications this week carried essays and literary appraisals recalling the death, 20 years ago, of Jakob Wassermann, the great novelist who throughout a productive life labored to prove himself both German and Jew. He could not survive the collapse of his world, and in the first year of Nazism died of a broken heart.

French director Julien Duvivier has just made Wassermann’s “The Maurizius Case” into a film that will have its premiere in Paris next March. Wassermann was born in the ancient Jewish community of Fuerth In 1873 and trained his family in that region back for 600 years.

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