Franz Kafka's 'lost' manuscripts at centre of ownership row in Switzerland

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Manuscripts and drawings by Franz Kafka that have been hidden in the vaults of Swiss bank UBS for more than 50 years are to be extracted amid a lawsuit over ownership rights of the estate.

Four safes holding manuscripts and drawings by the author are to be opened on Monday, according to the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung.

UBS declined comment when contacted by AFP.

The move in Zurich follows similar action at two Tel Aviv banks last week, after they were ordered by an Israeli tribunal to extract Kafka's works from their vaults.

The documents are at the heart of a legal fight over ownership between the Israeli authorities and the Hoffe sisters - who say they had inherited the estate from their mother, Esther Hoffe....

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