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Stefan Zweig: He’s a Fredonian!

February 22, 2013

Exactly 71 years ago on this day, the Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his second wife Lotte committed suicide in a rented two-story house in Petropolis, Brazil....

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Mar-03-13 11:06 AM

Stefan Zweig's non-fiction is now available in eBook form: *******plunkettlakepress****/sz.html

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Feb-22-13 11:06 AM

If I recall correctly, Dr, Rie was the son of a prominent family in Vienna whose dinner guests included people like Sigmund Freud.

After receiving his Doctorate of Law in 1928, Rie served as an assistant DA in Vienna. Like many of his faith, he fled Austria in 1939 after the Anschluss/annexation by Nazi Germany.

Rie came to America with his doctorate in hand and found his first job in the US - - running an all-night cafeteria. He’d shake his head and laugh about that even 30-40 years later.

Rie wrote scholarly treatises on everything from the 1815 Congress of Vienna to American copyright law. He was honored by the Austrian government in 1977 for his contributions to science and art.

When he died, I believe Dr. Rie left the bulk of his estate to SUNY Fredonia, and the Robert E. Rie Scholarship will last as long as the college does.

Robert Rie was a wonderful asset to both the college and the community.

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