(Groß-Glogau, Silesia, 1887–1968, Berlin), the son of a Jewish master saddler, studied from 1907 to 1911 at various universities and served in the 1914–18 War, latterly in a press unit on the Russian front. After the war he turned to authorship, and from 1923 lived in Berlin. In 1933 he fled to Czechoslovakia, moving from there to Palestine, where he worked as a journalist. From 1948 until his death he lived in East Berlin. During these last years he suffered from blindness, and his later works were dictated. Zweig was a recipient of various prizes for literature, and from 1950 to 1953 was president of the East German Academy of Arts. He was not related to Stefan Zweig.
From The Oxford Companion to German Literature in Oxford Reference.