Franz Werfel Stamp Issued In Israel

The Franz Werfel commemorative stamp

JERUSALEM—Between 1933 and 1945 tens of thousands of people went beyond the line of duty and violated laws and regulations strictly for the purpose of extending a hand to those in desperate need. Their names and actions deserve the permanent reminder.

To honor these exceptional people the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation conducts a program that aims at issuing commemorative stamps to promote exemplary behaviors during the Holocaust.

Moreover, the Wallenberg Foundation pays tribute to people who have excelled for their spirit of solidarity, for their righteousness and their performance in their respective occupations.

Therefore, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation is proud to present a new commemorative stamp dedicated to the memory and literary legacy of Franz Werfel.

Franz Werfel (1890-1945), Austrian poet, modernist playwright, and novelist, was born in Prague, the son of a Jewish merchant. During World War I, Werfel served for several years on the Russian front as a soldier in the Austrian army. A friend of authors Max Brod and Franz Kafka, Werfel later moved to Vienna and Berlin. He was forced to leave the Prussian Academy of the Arts in 1933. His 1933 novel, Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh (The Forty Days of Musa Dagh), detailed the mass murder and expulsion of Armenians from eastern Anatolia in 1915 and received much attention in the United States. It stood as a warning against future acts of mass murder and won lasting respect from Armenian communities throughout the world.

Werfel’s books were burned by the Nazis as those of a Jewish author who advocated pacifism, love for all mankind, and hostility to extreme nationalism and Nazism. Werfel had to flee Austria after the German annexation. He then escaped from France by hiding in the Catholic sanctuary of Lourdes, crossing the Pyrenees on foot to safety in Spain, and leaving from there for the United States. With gratitude for his sanctuary at Lourdes in mind, he wrote the best-selling novel, The Song of Bernadette. Though he remained a Jew all of his life, Werfel was attracted to many aspects of Catholicism.

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  1. Aram said:

    You should stop saying “His 1933 novel, Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh (The Forty Days of Musa Dagh), detailed the mass murder and expulsion of Armenians from eastern Anatolia in 1915 and received much attention in the United States. The right way to say it is “detailed the mass murder (Genocide– Ethnic Cleansing, etc.) and expulsion of Armenians from their ancient homeland in eastern Anatolia in 1915 ….” Most non Armenian readers don’t know that the five eastern vilayets in Anatolia was and is part of the Armenian homeland. The point needs to be made all the time.

  2. Norin Radd said:

    ” detailed the mass murder and expulsion of Armenians from eastern Anatolia in 1915 ”

    You’ve got to appreciate the sheer irony of this statement. Rather than appropriately using the word “Genocide”, the foundation chooses to describe the work of an author, who wrote about the struggle of the Armenian Genocide in Musa Dagh, with the above watered down statement avoiding the use of the very word about which Franz Werfel was writing.

    Irony truly worthy of the drama. If modern day Jewish hypocritical tendencies sink any lower, they will pop up in Beijing. Any Jews monitoring these forums care crawl out of your hole and comment? Thanks!

  3. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Three honest Jews wrote ‘Treasurable Books’ about Armenian Genocide…and Viscount Bryce
    They are our Bibles and recorded sufferings

    “The murder of a Nation”: Henry Morgenthou, Sr., (1856-1946)
    Defined the Armenian Genocide in UN”: Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959)
    “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh”: Franz Werfel (1890-1945)

    I think Armenians should also produce stamps by therir names…
    To show the world every where can exist good and honest people…
    Who carries honest genes…

    The book of Vincent Bryce (1838- 1922)

    The book of Viscount Bryce:
    “The Treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire”
    1915-1916

    THE
    TREATMENT OF ARMENIANS
    in the Ottoman Empire
    1915-16
    Documents presented to

    VISCOUNT GREY OF FALLODON

    Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
    By Viscount Bryce
    With a preface by

    VISCOUNT BRYCE

    LONDON:
PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF HIS MAJESTY’S
STATIONERY OFFICE
By SIR JOSEPH CAUSTON AND SONS, LIMITED, 
9, EASTCHEAP, E.C.
    To be purchased, either directly or through any Bookseller. from
    WYMAN AND SONS, LIMITED, 29, BREAMS BUILDINGS, 
FETTER LANE, E.C., 
and 54, ST. MARY STREET, CARDIFF; or 
H.M. STATIONERY OFFICE (SCOTTISH BRANCH),
23, FORTH STREET, EDINBURGH ; or
E. PONSONBY, LIMITED, 116, GRAFTON STREET, DUBLIN:
or from the Agencies in the British Colonies and Dependencies, 
the United States of America and other Foreign Countries of
T. FISHER UNWIN, LIMITED, LONDON, W.C.
    Two shilings

  4. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce OM, GCVO, PC, FRS, FBA (10 May 1838 – 22 January 1922) was a British academic, jurist, historian and Liberal politician.
    Contents  [hide] 
    1 Background and education
    2 Academic career
    3 Political career
    4 Ambassador to the United States
    5 First World War
    6 Honours and other public appointments
    7 Personal life
    8 Publications
    9 Famous Quotations
    10 Further reading

    Background and education:

    Bryce was born in Belfast, County Antrim, the son of James Bryce, LL.D., of Glasgow, by his wife Margaret, daughter of James Young. John Annan Bryce was his younger brother.[1] He was educated under his uncle Reuben John Bryce at the Belfast Academy,[citation needed] at Glasgow High School, the University of Glasgow, the University of Heidelberg and Trinity College, Oxford. He was elected a fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, in 1862, and called to the Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, in 1867.[1]
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    Bryce received numerous academic honors from home and foreign universities. and he became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1894. His Studies in History and Jurisprudence (1901) and Studies in Contemporary Biography (1903) were republications of essays. In earlier life he was a notable mountain climber, ascending Mount Ararat in 1876, and publishing a volume on Transcaucasia and Ararat in 1877; in 1899–1901 he was president of the Alpine Club. From his Caucasian journey he brought back a deep distrust of Ottoman rule in Asia Minor and a distinct sympathy for the Armenian people.[citation needed] In 1907 he was made a Member of the Order of Merit by King Edward VII.[14] He was also President of the British Academy from 1913 to 1917.[1]

  5. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Read last few lines about Viscount Bryce

    From his Caucasian journey he brought back a deep distrust of Ottoman rule in Asia Minor and a distinct sympathy for the Armenian people.[citation needed]…
    Can any Armenian historian fill the citation…
    Please do…

    Sylva

  6. Stephen T. Dulgarian said:

    God Bless Franz Werfel whom wrote the Massacres of the Armenian People in 1933, the 1st Genocide perpertrated in 1915-1923 by the Young Turk regime. Talaat Pasha whom was in power of the Young Turk regime wanted the elimination of the Armenians inside Turkey whom controlled the business trades. Talaat whom was Jewish wanted the Jews inside Turkey to take over those business trades away from the Armenians, therefore Armenians had to be eliminated. We hope the State of Israel will in the short future recognize the Genocide of the Armenian People just as Armenians recognize what happened to the Jewish People.

  7. Hrant K. said:

    Franz Werfel deserves a statue and a monument to be erected in Armenia and worldwide for his
    consciousness of humanity and towards his accute observance of the braveness of the Armenian People and
    the humanity of the French, that is timeproof!!!

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