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KAFKA PROJECT Research Published

The Journal of the Kafka Society of America (New International Series) recently published "The Search for Kafka's Lost Love Letters & Last Notebooks." The 22-page academic paper written by Kafka Project Director Kathi Diamant details the almost two-decade long search conducted by the Kafka Project. Read the entire article here.

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In 2008, the Kafka Project came closer to pinpointing the location of Franz Kafka's missing notebooks and letters. Through media coverage by Czech and Polish newspapers, magazines and radio, and working with libraries and universities, we promoted the search in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. We learned that if Kafka's lost writings still exist, they are safely buried among top-secret documents in closed archives in Poland. Time and patience is required, but we knew that. In the meanwhile, in order to build interest and urgency, we are joining with German and Polish scholars, writers, academics, historians and government officials. For more information, read the summary of the Final Report 2008 Eastern European Research.


The Kafka Project is the official search to recover the last writings of Franz Kafka, working on behalf of the Kafka Estate of London, England. Under the auspices of San Diego State University's College of Arts and Letters since 1998, the Kafka Project has worked with the German government for the discovery and return of Kafka's unpublished letters and notebooks. Building on the results of the last search conducted by Max Brod and Klaus Wagenbach in the mid-1950s, the Kafka Project is a non-profit volunteer organization, funded by donations, pooling resources, skills and knowledge to resolve a literary mystery.

The missing Kafka material was confiscated from Kafka's last companion, Dora Diamant, in a Gestapo raid of her residence in Berlin in 1933. At Kafka's request, before his death, she burned some of his work. But she saved much more than she burned, including 35 letters and 20 notebooks. Learn more about Dora Diamant.

Berlin, c.1925

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