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fragments which appeared posthumously in 1949 under the title
Death came to Beer-Hofmann on September 26, 1945. The
Second World War had ended and the Nazi nightmare was
over. Vienna’s Burgtheater could again bring
Jacob’s Dream
to the
stage and Vienna’s radio and press could again acclaim his con-
tributions to Austrian literature. Erich Kahler, himself a refugee
in Princeton, best summed up the Jewish significance of Beer-
Hofmann’s works: “They gave to the Jews in their terrible dis-
tress invaluable consolation and a constructive doctrine: the
sublime justification for their pain and hence the ability to rise
above their pain. They showed the Jews the proper attitude to be
maintained: an attitude of dignity, pride and inner sureness;
an attitude of wise humility which sets at naught all humilia-
tions; an attitude of viewing from on high all times and worlds
and experiences; an attitude of spiritual immaculateness as a
result of these inner experiences; the proud attitude of a people
that since days of old ever valued the ideas of justice and of per-
fection above all else. The man Beer-Hofmann personified this
doctrine in his own proud demeanor, and it was indeed good
to see Judaism represented in the figure of such a princely