28.02.2011 24.Adar l, 5771
Alone in Jerusalem: National Library unearths German writer's treasure trove
Discovery included dozens of letters that are part of an extensive correspondence between Rudolf Ditzen (Hans Fallada's real name) and the Austrian-Jewish writer Carl Ehrenstein.
Dr. Stefan Litt, an archivist at the National Library in Jerusalem, holds a thick folder. A month ago, when he began his job, he began examining cartons he was given. Among the mountains of old documents he suddenly saw a file labeled "Hans Fallada" – the pseudonymous author of the global best seller "Alone in Berlin." Litt says he began leafing through it, "and I found a treasure."
The discovery, revealed here for the first time, included dozens of letters that are part of an extensive correspondence between Rudolf Ditzen (Fallada's real name ) and the Austrian-Jewish writer Carl Ehrenstein. The letters shed new light on Fallada's tragic life. They were in Eherenstein's literary estate, which was turned over to the library a few years ago….