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Ferenczi, S. (1918). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, November 7, 1918. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 308-309.

Ferenczi, S. (1918). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, November 7, 1918. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 308-309

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, November 7, 1918 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, November 7, 1918

Dear Professor,

How often during the day do I think: I must share that with you. But the same day still brings so much of the improbable—often of the unbearable—that I again lose the desire to write. My mood changes direction like a weather vane. Hardly have I begun to adapt painfully to the imminent dismemberment of the country of Hungary and commenced to seek a substitute for the lost ideal in the promised social upheaval and the liberal development which is to be expected from it: when already the news about the plundering in the province, which is mostly directed against Jews who have become rich and village notaries (because they mistreated the people), caused the ground under my feet to shake. Hardly had order been halfway restored when news came of the demeaning treatment of my co-nationals on all the country's borders—and the patriotic mourning was rekindled.—Your prophecy about our imminent proletarianization has come true—but the magnates and the capitalists are now hovering in the same danger. If Bolshevism gets its way in Germany, then the collapse of the entire civilzation of the world is unavoidable—France, England, America, and Japan will also get their turn, and an epoch of brutalization and infantilization will confront the world. We are living—nebbish—in a great time!1

It is difficult, like an Archimedes, to continue to work on one's scientific circles.2 Scientifically, things aren't going at all—at most I am able to handle the practice.

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