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Freud, S. (1938). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Arnold Zweig, June 18, 1938. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 84:160-162.

(1938). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 84:160-162

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Sigmund Freud

Mt. Carmel
18. 6. 38

Dear Father Freud,

Receiving your two cards up here was like getting a touch from your hand. Fortunately we knew through the wireless and a telephone call from Eitingon that the most important thing had been achieved. You are now in safety, no longer exposed to years of vindictive persecution. And even if your poor brave sister-in-law is still very ill, as St. Zweig wrote to me, a nightmare has passed from us all. You will have found my first letter to Elsworthy Road awaiting you on arrival. The newspapers have already answered many of our queries; your archives, your books, your collections have been saved. And Jofi, is she already … I have just noticed my strange mistake. I meant to ask about Lün. But a move like yours is after all a kind of resurrection, thejourney like a voyage from the land of the dead, the incursion of the Egyptian darkness over Vienna like an onslaught of death. So Jofi might well reappear, mightn't she?

I think frequently of you, but at present more frequently of Anna. She, after all, has had to leave behind both her work and joy in the living Austrian reality. For the children she looked after as well as for Hochroterd there can be no substitute. Confound it all, that this should have come about because the cowardice of Schuschnigg could be exploited by the calculating military tactics of the English or by the shrewd capitalism of the high Tories around N. Chamberlain. One thing is certain: however much Lord Halifax tears his hair it will not help us; Vienna has gone.

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