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Zweig, A. (1937). Letter from Arnold Zweig to Sigmund Freud, April 22, 1937. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 84:141-142.

(1937). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 84:141-142

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Arnold Zweig

Carmel, 22 April 37

Dear Father Freud,

Every day I have been meaning to write to you, every day I prefer to read or to have read to me some of your overwhelming, liberating works. There is so much I do not yet know at all, and in a way I have got new eyes and ears for what I have already read. I am still quite shattered by the Ratman1 and the Wolfman,2 as my own analysis lies somewhere in between these two. I had to give up analysis last May as Dita and my elder son, Michi, were in need of its help and apart from Dr. S. there is no one here in Haifa. Some time before this crisis, in an experience with a young woman I had such a relapse that I had to start right again from the beginning. S. now knows a great deal about my situation, but I wonder constantly whether I should not come to you yourself. I have made a survey of my condition which is a somewhat complicated one. But it is not yet finished and I am still considering improving the plan of this survey, perhaps making it of general use by defining one special case. I would like so much to express my gratitude to analysis in general and not only to you personally.

You have no idea with what care for your method of working I read your writings. You are a scientist of a calibre such as mankind has never produced before. What you deduce from a case, an impulse of the psyche, an inhibition, a dream or a symptom, always puts me in mind of Newton and the apple. I could arrange to be within easy distance of you next year, I mean for a considerable period. But the political situation makes it difficult as I could not publish anything in Vienna, or so it appears now. And then you talk of leaving us, and it is certainly true there never was so revolting a time as this.

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