In recognition of the 50th year of Fredonia’s world renowned Stefan Zweig Collection, the exhibit, Zweig at Fredonia: 50 Years of Transformation, centers on the evolution of the Stefan Zweig archive held by Reed Library’s Archives & Special Collections. Drawing upon correspondence and other archival documents found in both the Stefan Zweig Collection and the Robert Rie Papers, the exhibit, in part, traces the relationship between these two men, both Jewish Austrians inexorably linked by events leading up to World War Two, which resulted in emigration from their native country – Zweig (1881-1942) first to England then South America, where he took his own life in 1942 alongside his second wife, Lotte, and Rie (1901-1981) to America in 1938. From this initial relationship came the eventual beginnings of the Stefan Zweig Collection due to the efforts of Dr. Robert Rie. A former Professor of German at Fredonia, Rie had long sought to establish a Zweig collection at Fredonia via ongoing communication with Zweig’s first wife, Friderike, herself a Jewish Austrian refugee from the imminent Nazi threat who ultimately settled in Connecticut. His efforts resulted in the purchase by the college in 1967 of correspondence between Stefan and Friderike Zweig, paving the way for further acquisitions and a gradual building of the collection to its current preeminent status within the area of Zweig scholarship. The exhibit will also highlight documents from both collections related to such transformative events as the Holocaust, World War I, and the experiences of both men as exiles. The exhibit runs through November 19, 2017.
Opening reception: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 3:30 to 4:30pm, Reed Library Exhibit Area
Immediately following the reception is the Mary Louise White Lecture: Dr. Ashwin Manthripragada, “Unpublished Racism: Stefan Zweig on Blackness in America”, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 4:30pm, Science Center 105
The Zweig at Fredonia: 50 Years of Transformation commemorative events are part of Fredonia’s 2017-2018 Convocation Series which is sponsored by the President’s Office. Additional support is provided by The English Department’s Mary Louise White Fund, and the Carnahan-Jackson/Reed Library Endowment Fund.
Sunday, November 19
Reed Library, Exhibit Area
Reed Library, Fredonia, NY 14063