|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Mar 2012|
|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|
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.
|Author's Note||p. 9|
|The Bureaucracy of Hate||p. 11|
|Biographies and Restricted Archives||p. 16|
|The Making of a Psychoanalyst||p. 25|
|Freud and Jung: A Battle for Supremacy||p. 51|
|A Treasure Trove of Family Letters||p. 59|
|The Rise of the Nazis||p. 86|
|The Poet and the Analyst||p. 115|
|Freud's Eightieth Birthday||p. 42|
|World History in a Teacup: The Anschluss||p. 155|
|The Worst Day of Freud's Life||p. 168|
|Anton Sauerwald||p. 180|
|Moses and Monotheism||p. 207|
|Last Works, Last Words||p. 221|
|After the War: The Fate of Sauerwald and Others||p. 229|
|The Trials of Anton Sauerwald||p. 234|
|The Secret Bank Accounts||p. 243|
|The Cast List||p. 249|
|The Restricted Files||p. 253|
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
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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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