A Final Note From Kafka, a Trove of Manuscripts, and a Trial That Left an Israeli Heiress 'Destitute'

Eva Hoffe opens up about the ruling that forced her to transfer author Max Brod's estate – including Franz Kafka's papers – to Israel's National Library, about her parents' special relationship with Brod, and about her life in poverty.

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Eve Hoffe at Max Brod's grave.
Eve Hoffe at Max Brod's grave.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Hilo Glazer
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Esther Hoffe and Max Brod at his office in Tel Aviv.Credit: Eva Hoffe's family archive
Franz Kafka’s Hebrew vocabulary notebook at Israel’s National Library in Jerusalem last year.Credit: AP
Max Brod in 1973.Credit: Getty Images
From right: Otto Hoffe, Max Brod and Esther Hoffe.Credit: Eva Hoffe's family archive
Eva Hoffe in her youth. Credit: Eva Hoffe's family archives
Max Broad and Esther Hoffe.Credit: Eva Hoffe' family archives

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