MISCELLANEOUS


Friderike Maria Zweig on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her death on 18 January 2021

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Friderike Zweig in December 1962

Friderike Maria Zweig passed away at her home in Stamford, Connecticut, her place of exile in the United States, on 18 January 1971. She had met Stefan Zweig in 1912 and had been married to him from 1920 to 1938. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her death on 18 January 2021 we present three rare German-language sound documents recorded between 1955 and 1962.

1955

The first recording is a radio feature by the Prague-born writer and journalist Johannes Urzidil, who had escaped to England via Italy in 1939 and in 1941 made his way to America. He visited Friderike Zweig at her house in Stamford and here gives an extensive account of her works and her life in exile.

recording

Duration 14:24
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1957

In a radio commentary for the Austrian public broadcaster ORF, the composer and journalist Jimmy Berg – born Symson Weinberg in Kolomea, Galicia – reports from the official celebration of Friderike Zweig’s 75th birthday. The reception was given on 16 December 1957 in New York City, at Sara Delano Roosevelt Memorial House on East 65th Street. Following brief conversations with Wilhelm Schlag of the Austrian Consulate General and with the President of Hunter College, George N. Shuster, Friderike Zweig herself is heard speaking. In her address she announces her intention to travel to Austria, which she had not visited since she went into exile in 1938.

recording

Duration 5:11
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1962

The third recording was made during a visit by Friderike Zweig to her native Vienna. She speaks about Stefan Zweig and the International Stefan Zweig Society, founded by Erich Fitzbauer in 1957, in which she served as Honorary President. No further details are known about this recording, whose sound quality is very rough.

Duration 4:56