Escape of Sigmund Freud by David Cohen

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A month after the Nazis took over Austria on March 12, 1938, every business owned by Jews had a Nazi appointed to run it. For eighty-two- year-old Sigmund Freud, the world's leading psychoanalyst, the appointed "commissar" was a thirty-five-year-old chemist, Anton Sauerwald. Goebbels and Himmler wanted all psychoanalysts, especially Freud, humiliated and, later, killed, and Sauerwald was in a position to seal Freud's fate.

The Escape of Sigmund Freud tells of the Nazi raid on Freud's house produced evidence that would have prevented the Freuds from leaving Austria--yet Sauerwald chose to hide this from his superiors. With never-before-seen material, David Cohen reveals the last two years of Freud's life and the fate of Sauerwald, from the arrest of Freud's daughter, Anna, by the Gestapo; the dramatic saga behind the signing of Freud's exit visa and his eventual escape to London via Paris; to how the Freud family would have the chance to save Sauerwald's life as well.


 

About David Cohen

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DAVID COHEN is a writer, filmmaker, and psychologist. His books include Psychologists on Psychology and biographies of the therapist Carl Rogers and of John B. Watson, the founder of behaviorism. His films include The Pleasure Principle. He lives in London.
 
Published March 29, 2012 by Overlook. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Freud was nearing the end of his life in 1938 when he finally agreed to leave Vienna as it succumbed to Nazi domination.

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Publishers Weekly

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Psychologist, filmmaker, and writer Cohen (Psychologists on Psychology) relates how Freud was able to leave the city with the extensive help of an Austrian Nazi official, Anton Sauerwald, who saved Freud’s son Martin from almost certain arrest and supervised the packing of 1,000 pieces of art f...

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The Jewish Chronicle

The Freud family had not always demonstrated the strongest sense of survival: Cohen (a psychologist as well as a writer and filmmaker) details the suicides of two nieces, the drowning of a nephew and the tragic deaths of Freud's daughter Sophie, 27, and a delicate young nephew.

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Islington Tribute

Freud was also known for possessing a collection of paintings and antiques and was reputed to be worth two to three million schillings (a minimum of two million pounds).

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