Franz Werfel, 1890 – 1945

September 10, 1890: Birthdate of author and playwright, Franz Werfel.  Born in the old Austro-Hungarian empire, Werfel was a Jewish Czech who wrote in German. He was a contemporary of such famed intellectuals as Franz Kafka and Martin Buber.  Werfel was one of the intellectuals brought to the United States by American diplomat and righteous gentile, Adrian Frey.  Werfel died in California in 1945.  Two of his most famous American efforts were The Song of Bernadette and Jacobowsky and the Colonel, the film version of which featured Danny Kaye and Kurt Jurgens.

This postage stamp honoring Werfel was issued by Austria in 1990:



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