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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 294

Harry Zohn papers


Papers of Harry Zohn (1923-2001), Professor of German at Brandeis University and scholar of modern Austrian literature.


  • 1897-2001
  • Majority of material found within 1952-1997

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

The majority of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


13 linear feet (26 boxes)

The collection includes Zohn's correspondence with authors, scholars, publishers, and literary friends, and his collection of research materials. Also included are files of correspondence formerly belonging to Margot Fethke (who arranged lectures for the poet Zenta Maurina), and to Friderike Zweig. Compositions include most of Zohn's work, except some of his translations done for hire, up to ca. 1994. Among this work are books and articles on Karl Kraus, Kurt Tucholsky, and especially Stefan Zweig.

Biographical / Historical

Harry Zohn was born in Vienna in 1923. He survived as a Jew in Austria until 1939 when he emigrated to England and thence to Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated B.A. from Suffolk University (1946), and M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard (1952). He joined the faculty of Brandeis University in 1951, became Professor of German in 1969, and retired in 1996. His published work was chiefly on German literature of the twentieth century with special reference to Jewish and Austrian authors, including those writing in exile in the United States. He was also a prolific translator. He had a lifelong interest in Stefan Zweig, and was a close friend of Zweig's first wife Friderike (1882-1971).


Arranged in the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. ___A. Correspondence with individuals
  3. ___B. Correspondence by subject
  4. ___C. Correspondence of Stefan Zweig and his circle
  5. II. Compositions by Harry Zohn
  6. III. Compositions by others
  7. IV. Subject files
  8. V. Biographical material
  9. VI. Audiotapes

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Collection includes audiotapes. Contact Houghton Public Services staff for access details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2005M-46. Purchased from Mrs. Judith Zohn with the Amy Lowell fund and the assistance of Professor Amy Colin, President of the City for Cultures of Peace, and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Director of the W. E. B. Dubois Institute; received: 2006 March 6.

Processing Information

Processed by: J. F. Coakley.

Zohn, Harry. Harry Zohn papers, 1897-2001: Guide.
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