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Ferenczi, S. (1919). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, August 28, 1919. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 365-366.

Ferenczi, S. (1919). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, August 28, 1919. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 365-366

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, August 28, 1919 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Dr. Ferenczi Sándor Idegorvos

Budapest, August 28, 1919

Dear Professor,

Unfortunately, one week passes like another, the summer is almost gone already, and I am still waiting for the opportunity which will free me from this hell, if only for a short time, and will make it possible for me and my wife to spend a few weeks of consolidation and recovery somewhere in your vicinity after so many shocking experiences. But I just learned that the documents with the aid of which I wanted to acquire a passport have “disappeared.” More skillful people than we have in the meantime already gained their right to travel for “good words.” How I envy them, no matter how squeezed together they are as they roll on in their train compartment.

After the unbearable “Red terror,” which lay heavy on one's spirit like a nightmare, we now have the White one.1 For a short time it seemed as if they would succeed in moderating the parties toward a just compromise, but in the end the ruthless clerical-anti-Semitic spirit seems to have eked out a victory. If everything does not deceive, we Hungarian Jews are now facing a period of brutal persecution of Jews. They will, I think, have cured us in a very short time of the illusion with which we were brought up, namely, that we are “Hungarians of Jewish faith.” I picture Hungarian anti-Semitism—commensurate with the national character—to be more brutal than the petty-hateful type of the Austrians.

It will very soon become evident how one can live and work here. It is naturally the best thing for Ψα. to continue working in complete withdrawal and without noise.

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