Zweig, Arnold (b. Nov. 10, 1887, Glogau, Silesia, Ger. [now Glogow, Poland]--d. Nov. 26, 1968, East Berlin, E. Ger.)
German-Jewish writer best known for his novel Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa (1927; The Case of Sergeant Grischa). The novel depicts the social organism of the German army during World War I through the story of the Russian prisoner Grischa's tragic encounter with the vast machine of Prussian military bureaucracy.
Deprived of German nationality by the Nazis, Zweig lived as an emigre in Palestine from 1933 to 1948 and in East Germany from 1948. His other works include Junge Frau von 1914 (1931; Young Woman of 1914), De Vriendt kehrt Heim (1932; De Vriendt Goes Home), Erziehung vor Verdun (1935; Education Before Verdun ), and Einsetzung eines Konigs (1937; The Crowning of a King), each of which pursues the fortunes of characters introduced in Sergeant Grischa .