On December 20, 1968, Max Brod died, at the age of 84. Brod was a Prague-born novelist, composer and journalist, and a Zionist who emigrated to Palestine in 1939 and rebuilt his life and career here with amazing success. History remembers him principally, however, as the friend and champion of Franz Kafka, who recognized and encouraged Kafka's talent from very early on, and, when the latter died, in 1924,...