Was Franz Kafka Jewish?

Franz Kafka

Well, to make a long story short, Franz Kafka was Jewish!

Since Franz Kafka's mother was Jewish, and in Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism, those with a Jewish mother (or those who underwent a halakhic conversion) are considered Jewish, then that makes him Jewish. His father was Jewish too.

Franz Kafka was born on 3 July 1883 in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. Franz Kafka passed away on 3 June 1924 (aged 40).

He was regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Kafka strongly influenced genres such as existentialism. Some of his works include ''Die Verwandlung'' (''The Metamorphosis''), Der Prozess (''The Trial''), and Das Schloss (''The Castle'').

Kafka's writing has inspired the term ''Kafkaesque'', used to describe instances in which bureaucracies overpower people, often in a surreal, nightmarish milieu which evokes feelings of senselessness, disorientation, and helplessness.

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