17.7.10

Kafka Safety Deposit Boxes to be opened

The legal complications surrounding Franz Kafka's unpublished manuscripts continue
Franz Kafka Notebook. 1920s. Source: BBC
Franz Kafka notebook kept in the 1920s. Source: BBC.

Haarez.com is reporting that nine safety deposit boxes containing material by Franz Kafka and his literary executor, Max Brod, are to be opened in Tel Aviv. The boxes are reported to contain documents belonging to Kafka and Brod, and are the subject of significant scholarly interest. The court has banned publication of their contents:
After months of legal wrangling, one of the 10 safe deposit boxes in which documents belonging to the writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924) and his close friend Max Brod (1884-1968 ) were hidden for 40 years was opened Monday in Tel Aviv.

A delegation of smartly dressed lawyers arrived at the entrance to the Kikar Hamedina branch of Discount Bank at 10 A.M., holding a court order stating the safe deposit box must be opened. The contents, however, cannot be publicly revealed as the owner of the deposit box, Eva Hoffe, petitioned the court for a ban on publication. Haaretz has requested that the court, through the law offices of Lieblich-Moser, lift the ban.

A year ago the Tel Aviv Family Court, where the case is being heard, accepted the newspaper's petition that the hearings be opened to the public; until then, they had been held behind closed doors. [Read the article]

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