FRANZ KAFKA, the Writer, a man of Insurance

    You have heard of Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924), one of the greatest existential novelists of the century past. If you have not, we suggest you read his works. To name some of his novels: The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle and Letters to my Father.

    Kafka was born in Prague, on 3rd July 1883. Fast forward to his adulthood, he worked as a lawyer with Italian insurer Assicurazioni Generali in Prague. It was not inspiring work to him, and unhappy with this job, Kafka resigned 8 months later and joined the Workmen’s Accident Insurance Institute in July 1908, where he worked until his death. Kafka’s job was to investigate and assess compensation for personal accidents to industrial workers which resulted in lost fingers or limbs.

    The book “Franz Kafka – The Office Writings” compiles documents written by him during his employment with the Workmen’s Accident Insurance Institute. Some titles in the “The Office Writings” include: “The Scope of Compulsory Insurance for the Building Trades,” “Fixed-Rate Insurance Premiums for Small Farms Using Machinery” and “Workmen’s Insurance and Employers.”

    Kafka is known for his significant contributions to the literary world, but very few know of his insurance writings which are evidence of his contribution to the field of insurance.


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