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The Escape of Sigmund Freud

Format:  Hardcover,

272 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Apr 2011

ISBN-13: 9780439680066

ISBN-10: 0439680069

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A month after the Nazis took over Austria on March 12, 1938, every business owned by Jews had a Nazi appointed to run it. For eighty-two- year-old Sigmund Freud, the world's leading psychoanalyst, the appointed "commissar" was a thirty-five-year-old chemist, Anton Sauerwald. Goebbels and Himmler wanted all psychoanalysts, especially Freud, humiliated and, later, killed, and Sauerwald was in a position to seal Freud's fate.
"The Escape of Sigmund Freud" tells of the Nazi raid on Freud's house produced evidence that would have prevented the Freuds from leaving Austria--yet Sauerwald chose to hide this from his superiors. With never-before-seen material, David Cohen reveals the last two years of Freud's life and the fate of Sauerwald, from the arrest of Freud's daughter, Anna, by the Gestapo; the dramatic saga behind the signing of Freud's exit visa and his eventual escape to London via Paris; to how the Freud family would have the chance to save Sauerwald's life as well.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Mar 2012
ISBN-13: 9781590206737
ISBN-10: 1590206738
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 1.2 x 9.1
Walmart No.: 9781590206737

About the author

Biography of Cohen, David

David Cohen is a British journalist who has written for The Independent, The Guardian, and British GQ, as well as The New York Times. In 1997, he was the recipient of a hark ness fellowship hosted by Columbia University, which enabled him to write this book. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

Chapter outline

Author's Notep. 9
The Bureaucracy of Hatep. 11
Biographies and Restricted Archivesp. 16
The Making of a Psychoanalystp. 25
Freud and Jung: A Battle for Supremacyp. 51
A Treasure Trove of Family Lettersp. 59
The Rise of the Nazisp. 86
The Poet and the Analystp. 115
Freud's Eightieth Birthdayp. 42
World History in a Teacup: The Anschlussp. 155
The Worst Day of Freud's Lifep. 168
Anton Sauerwaldp. 180
Freedomp. 195
Moses and Monotheismp. 207
Last Works, Last Wordsp. 221
After the War: The Fate of Sauerwald and Othersp. 229
The Trials of Anton Sauerwaldp. 234
The Secret Bank Accountsp. 243
Epiloguep. 247
The Cast Listp. 249
The Restricted Filesp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 255
Referencesp. 264
Indexp. 265

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-06-01)

Freud's 1938 flight from Vienna to London-psychologist Cohen's ostensible topic-was enabled by Anton Sauerwald, an under known Nazi chemist apparently motivated by the sympathy of one educated man for another. While probably bribed, Sauerwald also lent or gave Freud money, assumed risks, and died in relative misery shortly after World War II. But Freud's "escape" occupies only the book's second half. Cohen more significantly focuses on Freud's evolving understanding of his Jewishness, Nazism's ambivalent intellectualism, and tensions among psychoanalysts over the daunting influence of the hands-on father of the discipline.

Cohen's greatest contributions here are in highlighting aspects of Freud's personal life mostly neglected in Peter Gay's classic 1988 biography, e.g., careless spending, charging fees affordable solely by the super-rich, and depending on wealthy patrons. A nonacademic, Cohen calls out Freud disciple Ernest Jones for his ambition, caution, and inconstancy and is scathing toward Freud acolyte, then rival Carl Jung's selfishness and Nazi complicity.

Verdict: Clearly aimed at scholars, Cohen's scrupulous research will interest historians of interwar intellectual life and Freud's later years. An appendix guides readers to who-is-who in the extended family, for Freud was obsessively loyal and devoted to a set of confusingly numerous relations.

-Scott Silverman, Richmond, IN

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

A month after the Nazis took over Austria on March 12, 1938, every business owned by Jews had a Nazi appointed to run it. For eighty-two- year-old Sigmund Freud, the world's leading psychoanalyst, the appointed "commissar" was a thirty-five-year-old chemist, Anton Sauerwald. Goebbels and Himmler wanted all psychoanalysts, especially Freud, humiliated and, later, killed, and Sauerwald was in a position to seal Freud's fate.

The Escape of Sigmund Freud tells of the Nazi raid on Freud's house produced evidence that would have prevented the Freuds from leaving Austria--yet Sauerwald chose to hide this from his superiors. With never-before-seen material, David Cohen reveals the last two years of Freud's life and the fate of Sauerwald, from the arrest of Freud's daughter, Anna, by the Gestapo; the dramatic saga behind the signing of Freud's exit visa and his eventual escape to London via Paris; to how the Freud family would have the chance to save Sauerwald's life as well.

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