Casa Stefan Zweig
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The Casa Stefan Zweig is legally regarded as a private charitable organisation, which was founded in 2006 by a group of interested private donors, to establish a museum, that is dedicated to the author, in the last residence of Stefan Zweig and his wife in Petrópolis (Brazil).
The house, in which Stefan Zweig and his second wife Lotte resided for 5 months until their joint suicide on February 1942 and where the author had revised his autobiography Die Welt von Gestern and drafted Schachnovelle and his essays about Montaigne, was bought by the association “Casa Stefan Zweig” and the architect Miguel Pinto Guimarães was commissioned with the renovation and the redesign of the house into a museum.
The museum, that is dedicated to the author, ought to be a memorial for artists, scholars, scientists and other Europeans, who had fled to Brazil, like Stefan Zweig during the National Socialism and who had contributed to the culture, art and science there.
The museum will accommodate a library as well as a conference hall. Beside exhibitions, conferences, competitions, theater and cinema performances, readings and concerts, also cooperations with partner organisations like the Internationale Stefan Zweig Gesellschaft, are planned.
Scientists as well as the general public should have the opportunity, to retrieve online information about Zweig, his work and his literature written in exile. They should furthermore have the opportunity to contribute their own ideas. For this purpose, a bilingual web page will be created by the Casa Stefan Zweig, which will be updated constantly.