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Freud, S. (1918). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, November 9, 1918. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 309-310.

Freud, S. (1918). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, November 9, 1918. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 309-310

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, November 9, 1918 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, November 9, 1918
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

A card which arrived today from Emden informs us that Jones lost his young wife in an appendicitis operation at the beginning of October.1 Poor fellow, Emden adds. We don't even have the possibility of expressing our condolences directly to him.

Two days ago I sent you a draft of a statute for the administration of the endowment, which has since been transferred to me in the amount of 250 million crowns. I now await your suggestions for amendment, as well as those of the others.

We have now been cut off from three children, Martin, Ernst, and Sophie. We only have cause to worry about the first, about whose fate and where-abouts we haven't a clue. So much is now going on in the world that one doesn't know about. What one does know about is strange enough. Would you have thought a republican uprising in Munich2 conceivable?

I expect there will begin to be a frightful dawning in Germany. Much worse than with you or with us. Think about the abominable tension of these four and a half years and the terrible disappointment that is now suddenly releasing this pressure. Moreover, resistance will take place there, bloody resistance. Wilhelm is an incurable Romantic fool. He is miscalculating the revolution just as he did the war. He dosn't know that the age of chivalry ended with Don Quixote.

Don't let the fate of Hungary get to you; it will probably lead to a healing of that talented and powerful nation. I could only feel great relief at the downfall of old Austria.

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