Felix Weltsch

Felix Weltsch (October 6, 1884, Prague - November 9, 1964, Jerusalem), German-speaking Jewish librarian, philosopher, writer, editor, publisher and journalist. A close friend of Max Brod and Franz Kafka and one of the most important Zionists in Bohemia.
Born in Prague, Weltsch studied law and philosophy at the University of Prague. He lived and worked in Prague until 15 March 1939. On the last train of Czechoslovakia he left the city with Max Brod and his family. He worked in Jerusalem as a librarian until his death in 1964, when he came to Palestine and later to the state of Israel. His wife, Irma Herz (1892-1969), was a daughter, Ruth Weltsch (1920-1991). They married his wife in August 1914. The broadcaster, journalist and prominent Zionist Robert Weltsch was the cousin of Felix Weltsch and was the brother-in-law of Prague-born pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, one of the oldest Holocaust survivors in the world.

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