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Abraham, K. (1914). Letter from Karl Abraham to Sigmund Freud, July 29, 1914. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham 1907-1925, 267.

Abraham, K. (1914). Letter from Karl Abraham to Sigmund Freud, July 29, 1914. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham 1907-1925, 267

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Karl Abraham

237A

Ostseebad Brunshaupten
29 July 1914

Dear Professor,

Your letter of the 26th reached me here on the day after my arrival. I should like to respond to the gratitude you express by doing everything I can to ensure that the Congress will fully compensate you and us all for Munich. You, too, surely have no doubt that the small circle of “Five”1 will do everything possible and give of their best, not only at the Congress, but also in the future.—I shall schedule your talk for the best possible time. I believe we shall have a full and varied programme.

Here too everyone is solely preoccupied with the question of war. I do not think any of the powers will bring about a general war. But there is a strong universal feeling of alarm, in spite of a very friendly attitude towards Austria. We cannot yet tell at all what will happen to our plans. Rank wrote to me yesterday that he would have to advise strongly against going to the Dolomites. It would be a great pity if the meeting were to fall through. If the worst came to the worst, we could meet in Switzerland.—The Congress, too, has become somewhat problematical. I hope the next few days will bring a quick decision.

I have just got back the suggested guest list. Jones has proposed van Eeden.2 I think you have his address; so please would you let me have it at the earliest opportunity.

Our Jahrbuch arrived yesterday from Deuticke. I am very pleased that we managed to get it ready within six months, despite all the difficulties. I shall start preparations for the next one as soon as I return to Berlin. It should certainly appear in the spring of 1915.

Cordial greetings to you and your wife, also from my wife!

Yours,

Abraham

Notes to "Letter from Karl Abraham to Sigmund Freud, July 29, 1914"

1 The Secret Committee.

2 Frederik Willem van Eeden [1860-1932], an old acquaintance of Freud's; Dutch neurologist, poet and social reformer, founder of the socialist-communist colony Walden in Bussum [1898]. According to Jones (1955: p. 368), he and Freud had tried in vain to win him over to psychoanalysis.

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