Arnold Zweig (1887-1968)

Death: 26th November 1968
Location: Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof, Berlin, Germany
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German writer Arnold Zweig studied history, philosophy and literature at University and his first novel, Claudia, published in 1913, gained him wide recognition. 
During the First World War he volunteered for the German Army, but the experience changed him from patriot to pacifist. After the war he moved to Berlin where he worked as an editor for a Jewish newspaper and then on an anti-Nazi newspaper. In 1927 he published The Case of Sergeant Grischa which made his name as an international literary figure. 
When the Nazis took power in 1933 he was one of the first Jews to go into exile, first in Europe and then in Palestine. While in Palestine he turned from Zionism to socialism and after the Second World War he was invited to return to Berlin by the East German government. He became heavily involved with the communist system and became a member of parliament and received many prizes, including the Lenin Peace Prize for his anti-war novels. At the time of his death he was the most celebrated novelist in East Germany.