Stefan Zweig gets a stone in Salzburg

Stefan Zweig gets a stone in Salzburg


norman lebrecht

August 18, 2016

The biographer, opera librettist and novelist, one of the co-founders of the Salzburg Festival, has been finally commemorated in the town with a Stolperstein┬áoutside his former house, marking him as one of Hitler’s victims.

Zweig and his second wife, Lotte, committed suicide in Brazilian exile in February 1942.

Stefan_Zweig suicide


  • Oskar says:

    I wonder, what Thomas Bernhard would have to say of this Austrian delay ­čÖé Why choose such a morbid picture for the post ? There are even photos, on which Zweig is alive and well !

  • Jo says:

    great news and about time but tasteless choice of photo!

  • John Borstlapjj says:

    Why merely a Stolperstein? Zweig was one of Austria’s glories. He should have been given a statue in Vienna, which he described so beautifully in ‘The World of Yesterday’. There are so many statues in Vienna that one extra would not harm.

  • esfir ross says:

    Stephan Zweig writing deserves also to be read and known better in USA. I was able to buy all 10 volumes in Russian that I already read all 50 years ago. The brightest mind of humanity.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Austrian priorities. Outside the Staatsoper in Vienna there is a plaque in the pavement in memory of Clemens Krauss, the well-known Nazi. It has been there for many years.

    • John Borstlap says:

      Was Clemens Krauss a nazi? I though he was a conductor, that is something else. He probably was a mere opportunist, like Karajan, and after WW II he was cleared when it appeared that he had helped Jews escape from the Third Reich.

      Of course Zweig should have a statue if CK has a plaque. There should be hierarchy….

  • Michael Lorenz says:

    The situation in Vienna is not as bad as it is described here. There are four(!) Stefan Zweig memorial plaques in Vienna: Schottenring 14 (place of birth), Wasagymnasium (school where he graduated), Rathausstra├če 17 (residence), and Kochgasse 8 (residence after 1907). Furthermore there is the Stefan-Zweig-Platz in Vienna’s 17th district.

    • John Borstlap says:

      Good news….. after all, he belongs to Vienna and vice versa. These artists gave Vienna its character, even when they were no longer there, or died. Vita brevis, ars longa.