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Ferenczi, S. (1924). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 15, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 193-195.

Ferenczi, S. (1924). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 15, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 193-195

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 15, 1924 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

[Rundbrief]1

Budapest, December 15, 1924

Dear friends,

I want to respond to the suggestions which have come from London and Berlin individually.

I concur with the Berliners and am in favor of corresponding once a month (on the 15th of every month).

Also in regard to the enlargement of the Committee, I do not share the view that we should wait with that. I would definitely like to make an exception in the case of Fräulein Anna, who is de facto Herr Professor's secretary, and who performed inestimable services for us in the last, difficult negotiations with Rank.

I am, now as before, in favor of keeping the Committee secret as an institution, in order to avoid otherwise unavoidable sensitivities; even the Association could take offense at it on constitutional grounds.

We should diligently cultivate the private intercourse with Brill and decide on his acceptance at the next meeting. But in principle I would also have nothing against his being accepted immediately into the Committee.

I don't need to inform Herr Professor and Eitingon, who were witness to my personal and scientific dispute with Rank, about my position with respect to him. For the time being it should suffice to communicate to the remaining members of the Committee that I condemn most harshly Rank's personal attitude, and that I told him this to his face in front of the Professor, Eitingon, and Fräulein Anna Freud. Regarding the “Trauma of Birth,” I refer to the one-sidedness of his attempt at explanation, to the inadequate presentation of the connection to previous psychoanalytic knowledge.

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