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Zweig, A. (1929). Letter from Arnold Zweig to Sigmund Freud, February 18, 1929. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 84:3-5.

(1929). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 84:3-5

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Arnold Zweig

18. 2. 29

Dear Professor Freud,

I would have liked very much to have a word with you in Berlin, but I knew that you were unwell and I did not wish to intrude upon the rest you needed. I am not even sure whether I sent you my Sergeant Grischa or whether Pont und Anna1 has reached you, both books which I would rather think of in your hands than in anyone else's. Perhaps your daughter2 could send me a line about this, so that any omission may be made good.

Today I am really writing to explain the enclosed letter from Einstein. From the short résumé, which I would earnestly ask you either to read for yourself or have read to you, it emerges that since we have no state of our own and since the states in which we live are fully occupied providing as well as they can for their own artists, we are anxious to help-in the first instance in Berlin and then later in other centres of Jewish intellectual life-those of our creative artists who are completely without any organisation to support them here in Western Europe. They find themselves in this position, because they belong either to the exiled sections of the Russian bourgeoisie and write in Russian, or because they come from Poland and the Ukraine and write in Yiddish, or because they came over from Palestine and write in Hebrew. In addition to these writers, scholars and poets there are a number of artists and journalists and a few German poets of Jewish extraction who because of various inhibitions and peculiarities find it impossible to make a living, even though they are men of talent.

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