The Portuguese Jewish Diaspora. New Christians, Crypto Jews, Marranos, “People of the Nation”
The Hagadá Association, responsible for installing and managing the Tikvá Museu Judaico Lisboa in Lisbon, has joined the Paris-based publisher Chandeigne…
On June 3, 1924, Franz Kafka died in a sanatorium near Vienna having suffered from tuberculosis for several years and was buried on June 11 in the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague. The posthumous publication of his works and ultimately world fame ensued.
While Franz Kafka’s life is recorded in countless biographies, his three sisters have remained largely in the shadows. The most is known about the youngest sister Ottilie (Ottla) who was a close confidant of her brothers throughout his lifetime and with whom she enjoyed a lively correspondence. Gabriele (Elli) and Valerie (Valli) appear only as marginal figures in their brother’s biography and writings. After Kafka’s early death, the life histories of the three become blurred. Most biographies simply note that Kafka’s sisters were murdered in German death camps in 1942/43.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Franz Kafka’s death, we are commemorating Elli, Valli, and Ottla in an installation by the artist Sebastian Jung. Their biographies stand for the extermination of German-speaking Jews in Prague, for whom their brother is celebrated today as a symbolic figure.
January 18 – September 29, 2024 | Jewish Museum Munich | Installation in the foyer