German museum refuses to return Kafka manuscript to Israel
The National Library claims the manuscript was illegally sold to Germany by former assistant to Kafka's friend.
The German Museum of Modern Literature Thursday rejected a demand from Israel's National Library that it return the manuscript of Franz Kafka's novel "The Trial," saying it acquired the manuscript legally.
The National Library claims the manuscript was illegally sold to Germany by Esther Hoffe, former assistant to Kafka's friend Max Brod, and that it is the manuscript's legal heir.
The museum, however, said the manuscript was bought transparently, at a public auction, without objections. It added that as far as it knows, Brod gave the manuscript to Hoffe as a gift.