Freud in England

Freud, Sigmund, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939). Autograph letter signed ("Freud").

"39 Elsworthy Road NW 3" (i. e. London), 24 June 1938.

4to. 1½ pp.


In German, to the unnamed psychoanalyst and neurologist Hermann Nunberg and his wife, about his reception in England after leaving Vienna: "We are doing very well here, much better than so many others are, unfortunately, for whom one wants to do something and yet seldom can. Our reception in London was decidedly friendly, surprisingly not only from followers and old friends [...] but also from total strangers who wanted to express their joy that we are safe and in England [...]".

"Freud arrived in London by train on 6 June 1938. His reputation had preceded him to the extent that the train had to be re-routed to another platform at Victoria, so as to avoid the enthusiastic attentions of the press. Freud was greatly heartened by the cordial welcome he received, although he wrote to friends of his sense of alienation resulting from the move and his concern over the worsening state of affairs in Europe. He was particularly anxious about four of his elderly sisters who remained in Vienna, for whom visas were being sought without success. Freud did not live long enough to know that they all perished in the camps" (Oxford DNB).

Slightly spotty; folds.