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Freud, S. (1920). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, April 22, 1920. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 17-18.

Freud, S. (1920). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, April 22, 1920. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 17-18

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, April 22, 1920 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, April 22, 1920
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

I, too, gladly give in to the need to write to you. Thanks for your announcements of works; I will be mindful of your theoretical stimulation. I have been incapable of work the whole time—beyond the nine hours of analysis. But my condition probably sprang from an intolerance toward the good cigars, which I had smoked in greater frequency on account of the diminution of the weak ones. A kind of abstinence is slowly improving it.

Varga is still slyly running around, but he intends to put the matter in order before he leaves on vacation.

The episode in the Hotel Regina was a new indication of the unreliability of the Viennese in every situation.

My wife went to Hamburg on the 19th of the month; she will have seen Ernst with his bride1 in Berlin.

All kinds of little things are happening here. It will interest you to know that my brother-in-law Bernays in New York2 donated a million crowns in his wife's name to the children's relief organization here. I have the honor of sitting on the steering committee of the endowment with Tandler,3 Pirquet,4 dean and mayor.5

I hope you are well with wife and daughter, and that in a week Kata Lévy brings me a letter from you.



Endowment letter from Toni's estate!!

Notes to "Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, April 22, 1920"

1 At the beginning of April, during Ferenczi's stay in Vienna, Freud had learned of Ernst's engagement to Lucie (“Lux”) Brasch (1896-1989). The wedding took place on May 18. The couple had three sons, Stephan Gabriel (Stephen), born 1921; Lucian Michael (Lucien), born 1922; and Clemens Raphael (Sir Clement), born 1924.

2 Eli Bernays (1860-1923), brother of Martha Freud and husband of Freud's sister Anna.

3 Julius Tandler (1869-1936), from Jihlava/Iglau in Moravia. He studied medicine in Vienna (graduated 1895), completed postdoctoral work in 1899, occupied a chair in anatomy, and was dean of the medical school from 1914 to 1917.

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