Zweig, Arnold (1887–1968) By Tan, Rachelle Ann
Arnold Zweig was born on November 10, 1887 to a Jewish family in Glogau, Silesia (now Glogów, Poland). As an anti-war and anti-fascist activist as well as an author who mostly wrote in the German language, Zweig’s work is often classified as ‘Exilliteratur’, a category used to describe works written by people of Jewish origin or with communist sympathies, and which exhibit an anti-Nazi attitude. Zweig is best known for his six-part cycle on the First World War, Der große Krieg der weißen Männer (1927–1957). Traditionally realist, Zweig’s novels explore the topics of humanity, war, and justice, and investigate the human predisposition for evil.