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Stefan Zweig's suicide Letter

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The Letter

Declaration

Of my own will and in clear mind

Every day I learned to love this country more, and I would not have asked to rebuild my life in any other place after the world of my own language sank and was lost to me and my spiritual homeland, Europe, destroyed itself.


But to start everything anew after a man’s 60th year requires special powers, and my own power has been expended after years of wandering homeless. I thus prefer to end my life at the right time, upright, as a man for whom cultural work has always been his purest happiness and personal freedom — the most precious of possessions on this earth.


I send greetings to all of my friends: May they live to see the dawn after this long night. I, who am most impatient, go before them.


Stefan Zweig,

Petropolis, 22.2.1942.



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