Zeitschrift für deutsch - jüdische Literatur und Kulturgeschichte (Journal of German - Jewish Literature and Culture History)
Ed. by Weidner, Daniel / Weiss, Yfaat / Wiese, Christian
2 Issues per year
Hermann Broch and Abraham Sonne (Avraham Ben Yitzhak) met during the second half of the 1920s in Vienna. Broch had given up his career as co-owner of a textile factory and begun to study the Neo-Positivism of the Vienna Circle and to write his novel “The Sleepwalkers.” Sonne was the director of the Jewish Teachers College in Vienna. The two men took to each other and met in Viennese cafés on a regular basis. In 1938 (after the ‘Anschluss’) Broch emigrated to the United States, and Sonne to Palestine. The letters published here span the period between 1938 and 1950, the year of Sonne’s death. They are documents of friendship and of an intellectual exchange (in particular regarding Broch’s novel “The Death of Virgil,” which appeared in 1945 in New York).