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Freud, S. (1915). Letter from Freud to Ludwig Binswanger, December 17, 1915. The Sigmund Freud-Ludwig Binswanger Correspondence 1908-1938, 135-136.

Freud, S. (1915). Letter from Freud to Ludwig Binswanger, December 17, 1915. The Sigmund Freud-Ludwig Binswanger Correspondence 1908-1938, 135-136

Letter from Freud to Ludwig Binswanger, December 17, 1915 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

17 December 1915
Vienna IX, Berggasse 19


Prof. Dr. Freud

Dear Dr. Binswanger,

I am answering your kind letter by return of post, gratified by your interest in my news even in these times.

Well, my two sons were for a time involved in heavy fighting, but are both still alive, uninjured, decorated, and at present down south in the mountains. Last month the older one spent a ten-day leave with us, gladdening us with his appearance and good spirits.1 My son-in-law2 from Hamburg is now in training as a gunner. My middle son, the engineer, who is working on the construction of a tunnel of strategic importance,3 is coming to Vienna tomorrow and a day later will take his bride back with him.4

Our Society still meets, although not so often,5 having shed all unreliable elements. The number of those who can contribute anything to the literature is naturally small, since they are all helping with the war in one way or another. The publisher has promised continued publication of our Zeitschrift and of Imago. It is, of course, impossible to keep to schedules. Rank should be going to Kracow soon; Sachs joined up but was discharged as unfit for service.6

I do not wish to paint too rosy a picture of my own position, but there has been an unmistakable improvement in my practice during this second year of the war, and I have several things ready for when the war is over. Among them is the series of essays, the first of which you have seen in the Zeitschrift.1 In all, twelve are almost ready. They will be called ‘Preliminaries to a Metapsychology’.8 My lectures for beginners,9 which I had to repeat this year,10 will probably be published before peace is signed. Heller will bring them out in three parts.

And now, please give my kind regards to your wife and your little family, and let me hear from you again soon.

Yours, Freud

Do you still think back, sometimes, to the worry that I shared with you, and that must now be considered vanquished?

Notes to "Letter from Freud to Ludwig Binswanger, December 17, 1915"

1 As can be seen from Freud's letter of 23 November 1915 to Ferenczi, Martin had a ten-day leave in Vienna at the end of November; Freud (1992g), Vol. 2, p. 89.

2 Max Halberstadt was called up for training in the artillery on 8 December 1915; see Freud to Ferenczi 6 December 1915; Freud (1992g), Vol. 2, p. 94.

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