Franz Kafka's father was a successful businessman in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The city's elite was German-speaking, and for this reason the young Kafka was educated at German rather than Czech schools. He eventually graduated with a law degree from the German University in Prague in 1906. He took a position in a workers' accident insurance firm which he held for fifteen years. Diagnosed as suffering from tuberculosis in 1917, Kafka continued working at the company until ill health forced him to retire in 1922. He died two years later at a sanatorium in Vienna.
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