THE DEATH OF SIGMUND FREUD
The Legacy of His Last Days

MARK EDMUNDSON
288pp 2007 OUT OF PRINT Y031

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When Hitler invaded Vienna in March of 1938, Sigmund Freud, old and desperately ill, was among the city's 175,000 Jews. The Nazis hated Freud, detesting his 'soul-destroying glorification of the instinctual life'. Here Edmundson traces Hitler's and Freud's oddly converging lives, and then focuses on Freud's last two years, during which he was at last rescued from Vienna and brought safely to London. Here he was honoured as he never had been before, but also endured the last of more than thirty operations for cancer of the jaw. Confronting death, Freud wrote his most provocative book, Moses and Monotheism, in which he questioned the legacy of the greatest Jewish leader. The author probes Freud's ideas about death, and also about the human proclivity to embrace fascism in politics and fundamentalism in religion, and suggests new ways to view Freud's legacy.