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Freud, S. (1919). Letter from Freud to Ludwig Binswanger, February 16, 1919. The Sigmund Freud-Ludwig Binswanger Correspondence 1908-1938, 145-146.

Freud, S. (1919). Letter from Freud to Ludwig Binswanger, February 16, 1919. The Sigmund Freud-Ludwig Binswanger Correspondence 1908-1938, 145-146

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Sigmund Freud

16 February 1919
Vienna IX, Berggasse 19


Prof. Dr. Freud

Dear Dr. Binswanger,

Please accept my cordial thanks for your speedy assistance. My son was taken prisoner with his entire corps towards the end of October, one of the 300,000 who, according to Austrian claims, were cut off after the ceasefire had been agreed. It was a very long time before we received news of him and learned where they were keeping him, and it was not until the day before yesterday that he acknowledged receipt of the first of our letters to reach him. In his last letter he also asked for money because Genoa is very expensive. He lost all his luggage and other belongings during the capture. Unfortunately, francs and lire are completely unobtainable here, the banks make great difficulties and the transfer of money from Vienna seems to be as difficult as it is uncertain. That is why I decided to turn to you.

It is very likely that Dr. Rank will be going to Switzerland in the next few weeks to further the interests of our publishing house.1 He will have a Swiss franc bank account at his disposal and will be able to repay my debt to you. If his visit should be unexpectedly delayed, I feel sure you will extend my credit for a little longer.

Our general situation is pretty wretched and the individual comes in for his share of it. Psychoanalysis is the only thing that is doing well. With the help of the Budapest endowment we have embarked on various matters. I hear that a new group is being formed in your country too,2 hope that you have a hand in it, and should consider it most satisfactory if you took on its direction.

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