If Kafka, who was born in Prague who wrote in German . . . - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zev Davis
    • 16.01.10 | 23:59 (IST)

    Consider that Kafka, who was born in Prague, was Jewish, wrote in German and the Federal Republic of wants his writings as if . . . and they will likely remain in Israel because he was Jewish. Okay, they ain't Holy Writ, but they are significant documents. Now the Iraqis want our Holy Writ, Jewish Holy writings produced by its Jewish community as if there was such an animal in that country. Strange, too, how they hounded Jews in the late '40s and early '50s so that they had to leave. It makes sense that they belong to the Iraqi Jews who left, or in turn, to the Jewish Homeland. Heck, what use does a Torah scroll have in a land where the Jewish community is virtually nonexistent. If they were cataloged some survivors could identify the places where some of the scrolls and documents were before they were seized. They could even be returned to their owners. Funny how some people, Germans, and, in this case Iraqis, get weepy about Jews who are "no longer among them".

    from the article: Iraq urges U.S. to give back Iraqi Jewish Archive
    First published 22:25 16.01.10 | Last updated 23:14 16.01.10
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