Siegfried Kapper

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Siegfried Kapper (1870), by Friedrich Kriehuber

Siegfried Kapper was the literary pseudonym of Isaac Salomon Kapper (21 March 1821, Smíchov – 7 June 1879, Prague), a Bohemian-born Austrian writer of Jewish origin. Born in Smichow, Kapper studied medicine at Prague University, later completing a Ph.D. at the University of Vienna. Kapper wrote excellent fairy tales and poems, and was one of the leading figures of Czech-Jewish assimilation. Kapper wrote in both German and Czech. He translated Mácha's Máj into German for the first time (1844).[1]

After his death, the Kapper-Society was founded; its aim was Czech-Jewish assimilation and opposition to Zionism and German-Jewish assimilation.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • "Slavische Melodien," (1884)
  • "Die Handschriften Altböhmischer Poesien" (1859)
  • "Die Böhmischen Bäder" (1857)
  • "Fürst Lazar" (1853)
  • "Falk" (1853)
  • "Südslavische Wanderungen" (1853)
  • "Die Gesänge der Serben" (1852 – in two parts)
  • "Lazar der Serbenzar," (1851). Kapper had a Serbian predecessor in the person of Joksim Nović-Otočanin who published his book on the same theme at Novi Sad (Neusatz) in 1847.
  • "Befreite Lieder dem Jungen Oesterreich" (1848)
  • "České Listy" (1846)


  1. ^ Miloslav Uličný: Vedlejší efekt: Mácha’s Mai, in: Plav magazine, [1]
  2. ^ Cornis-Pope, Marcel; Neubauer, John (2010). History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe: Junctures and disjunctures in the 19th and 20th centuries. Volume IV: Types and stereotypes. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 305. ISBN 9027287864. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 

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