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April 09, 1971 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-04-09

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Friday, April 9, 1971-27

Passover Greetings

Irving Stone's Story of Freud Defines
Anti-Semitic Aspects, Jewish Interests
Nazi Persecution, Associates' Antagonism



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Sigmund Freud, the subject of
many volumes defining his role as
the founder of the major school of
psychiatry, is presented as the
hero of a novel by the eminent
author and biographer, Irving
"The Passions of the Mind,"

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it is much more. It is a definitive
work on psychiatry and psychia-
trists. It traces the life and strug-
gles of Dr. Freud. It is history in
the sense that it covers the events
of his lifetime and depicts the Jew-
ish experience, the anti-Semitic
trends, the battle Freud had with
his pupils who took over leadership
in psychiatric practices and in
their presentations to the world.
In the Irving Stone style, it is
an immense work, going into de-
tail about Freud—his childhood,
his family, his marriage, his ex-
Scores of case histories explain
the significance of psychiatry, the
manner in which Freud began to
resort to hypnotism, later turning
to the explorations that made his
name world famous.
Many references are made to the
anti-Semitic evidences in Austria,
to the prejudices that arose, to the
trials and tribulations in the life of
a man who gave the world so much
and who struggled to attain his
He was a Jew with interests
(hat varied. He played a role in
Bnai Brith, studied Jewish humor,
evaluated Jewish conditions.
All of his experiences reached
their climax when Nazism struck
Austria, when Nazi brutes invaded
his home. He was kept a prisoner
in his home until he consented to
leave his native land.
He objected to running away
from the danger and finally,
when matters became unbear-
able, he yielded to entreaties
from Americans and Britons and
left Austria for England. The
final chapter, describing his last
years, under Nazism in Vienna,
is a most moving description of
a great man's sufferings under
Much of the story is about his
wife. the former Martha Bernays,
of the eminent Bernays family. It
was a life of devotion and dedica-
tion, and the Jewish aspect is of
special interest.
The biographer, in this magnifi-
cent work, describes the wooing of
Martha, the final steps that led to
the marriage, Martha's desire for
a Jewish marriage, Sigmund's ob-
jections to a religious ceremony
and how the religious adherence

was retained.
Martha is quoted to have told her
fiance: "Sig, if the ceremony is

performed at City Hall our mar-
riage will not be legal in Austria."
Whereupon the author relates the
"What are you talking about?
That's absolute nonsense !"
"Yes, dear, I knew you'd think
so. That's why I had the law
copied out. One of my cousins
found it. Here, read this: it says
that no marriage can be consid-
ered legal in the Austro-Hungar-
ian Empire unless there is a re-
ligious ceremony."
"Now, Martha, you know we
don't have time to be converted
to Catholicism." His eyes twin-
"I'm being converted to mar-
riage, and that's quite enough ad-
venture for the moment. We can
be married in a ceremony at the
City Hall. But after that we will
have to come back here and go
through a religious ritual. Until
a rabbi signs our papers we are
still only affianced."
He saw she was not to be put
off and stormed through the gar-
den, flinging phrases of protesta-
tion over his shoulder. Though
Jakob Freud had belonged to a
synagogue in Freiburg, where he
had had his two sons by Sally
Kanner Bar Mitzva, he had not
obliged either Sigmund or Alex-
ander to go through the ritual

which took place at the age of
groom with wine and your ordeal
13 and admitted the young
will be over:"
boy to manhood. There had been
During the next three days the
no formal religion practiced in
house was a hubbub of activity;
the Freud household since Jakob
flowers, candy, gifts arrived con-
moved to Vienna, when he be-
tinually. Finally the wood lattice
came a freethinker. The only ob-
of the hupa was trimmed with
servance with which Sigmund
green leaves. Sometimes Sigmund
had grown up was the Passover
watched. leaning across the open
seder, the dinner and services
doorway; sometimes he felt so
commemorating the exodus of
much in the ivay that he spent
the Jews from Egypt, and the
his hours tramping along the
crossing of the Red Sea. Sigmund
dock identifying the ships arriv-
had enjoyed the traditional cer-
ing from foreign ports.
emony because Jakob knew the
Returning late one afternoon,
service by heart and, seated at
he put his hand lovingly on
the head of Amalie's sparkling
either side of Martha's face,
white table, passed the three
kissed her.
matzot under the folds of a
"I wouldn't go through this for
huge napkin, the 'wasted shank
anyone else in the world:"
bone, the bitter herbs, the cha-
She returned his kiss, grate-
roses, finely chopped nuts, apple
and cinnamon; the parsley cut
"I wouldn't attempt to per-
into small pieces: the salt wa-
suade you for anyone else !"
ter and the can of wine for Eli-
The frequent references to the
jah. He recited the ancient story
of Israel's redemption from bond- rising tide of anti-Semitism in
age in beautifully articulated Vienna were climaxed by the sad
experienceS of the Freuds when
Sigmund came back to Martha. Nazism held sway in the city and
I don't believe in religious country they loved.
ritual. It's senseless to go through
The conflict with some of Freud's
empty forms. Marriage is a civil I associates—Dr. Alfred Adler after
contract. The City Hall is the I one of their arguments said: "Why
only place where we should be should I always do my work under
obliged to take our oaths. I've your shadow?"—indicate the tough-
told you for four solid years that
I will not go through a religious ness of situations that confronted
ceremony. You can't make me." Prof. Freud.
"The Passing of the Mind"
"It's not me, Sigi dear," she
answered sweetly. "It's your be- throws light on Freud's struggles
loved Emperor Franz Josef and for his ideas, the difficult roads he
his ministry. You must not blame traveled on. the historic events
the Austro-Hungarian Empire on that marked an era that could
well be called Freud's Age out of
She sat down in a white which emerged the significance of
wrought-iron chair, her hands psychiatric research and experi-
clasped in her lap. her attitude ments. —P.S.
one of bemused sympathy. Final
ly, worn out by his emotional.
ism, he slipped to his knees and
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put his arms across her legs,
grasping her two hands.
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them shelter. 1,11e just don't need
that shelter. But even if we don't
seek shelter. something of tii ,?
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meaningful a n d life-affirming
ludais , n will be present in our
"Does that mean that—ytu-coi,
"I capitulate. Marty, please
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don't think that -I've been pre-
tentious about this. I know that
empty protest against forms can
be as foolish as the forms being
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protested. Now, what do I have
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to do?"
"First of all, you have to mem-
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You have two full days, Privat-
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dozent Freud. Hamburg thinks
little enough of the University
of Vienna as it is. You wouldn't
want to deal your alma mater a
lethal blow?"
"What else must I do?"
"You stand under the hupa
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with me so that we will be mar-
ried, symbolically, inside the
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