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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-01-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

34 Friday, January 28, 1977

Sigmund Freud and His Psychological Struggle With Judaism

By DR. MILTON
STEINHARDT
Historians and biog-
raphers have shown a
fascination with Freud's
reaction to his Jewish
identity. Many research-
ers therefore utilized
Freud's_ own approach of

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delving into the uncon-
scious as a means of ob-
taining accurate infor-
ination.
Interestingly, Freud's
writings, dreams, and
self-analysis offer ade-
quate data for anyone to
arrive at any conclusion
he wishes to prove.
In "From Oedipus to
Moses, Freud's, Jewish
Identity" (Anchor
Press/Doubleday), the
author, Marthe Robert,
attempts to illuminiate
the identity aspect of
Freud's life, and traces
Freud's conflicts relating
to his father.. His inner
struggle began with "In-
terpretation of Dreams,"
1897, and continued in his
last book on "Moses and
Monotheism," 1938.
The author begins with
Freud's own revelations
about his ambivalent feel-
ings to his father's death in
1897 as manifested by his
reported dreams. It was
his feelings of depression
and self-doubt that led to
his self-analysis and to his
concept of thq. Oedipal re-
lationship.
(The Greek tragedy of
Oedipus refers to the
child's rivalry with the
parent of the same sex for

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teresting glimpse into the
The last portion of the negade and the, insur
the affection of the other
recesses of Freud's
mountable
scruples
that
book
is
concerned
with
parent.)
psychic conflicts. The
stood
in
the
way."
The second portion of Freud's final publication,
Robert believes that reader may also get a vic-
the book deals with "Moses and Monotheism."
Written during the Freud's "Moses did not arious pleasure by put-
Freud's reactions to two
darkest
years in Jewish spring from the tragic ting Freud on the couch
conflicting cultures. The
a few "50 minute
latter half of the 19th history, in the shadow of events of the day but was for
Century witnessed a di- Nazi Germany, it is re- rooted in his remote past, hours."
lemma for many cultured, garded by many as an in- in his need to reconsider
creative Jews: either the , sult to Judaism and even the facts of his birth; to
pathway to - tra- a disavowal. Freud takes change them at least in
ditionalism, or the oppor- the position that Moses his imaginatiin, and so
tunities for education and was not a Jew but was an become master of his
fate."
advancement afforded Egyptian prince.
Because the objective
only by conversion:• Felix
Robert asserts, that in
Mendelsohn and Karl evidence in favor of this essence, in his . book on
Marx are examples of the theory was not based Moses, Freud "declared
upon adequate scientific that he was not Solomon
latter.
Others could not hon- data, Marthe Robert con- the son of Jacob, nor yet
orably embrace a faith for cludes that his "identifi- Sigmund the turncoat, that
opportunistic reasons cation with Moses was a he was no more a Jew than
only. Freud's cultural screen concealing the un- Moses had been.
conflict was therefore avowable desires of a re-
"But just as Moses had
typical of the prevailing
broken with his native
Ex-Detroit
Miss
mood of the period.
Egyptian rulers, so Freud
On the one hand, Freud Plans to Marry
severed all inner ties with
identified himself with
the Germany of the Nazis
Jewry, was a member of
to become the prophet of
the Bnai Brith and of the
Universal Truth and
board of the' new Hebrew
Freedom."
University.,
This book affords an in-
In a letter to an Italian
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author he writes that he is
"not ashamed that
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In 1922 he hinted at his
"secret nostalgia for a
Jewish homeland."
On the other side of the
ledger we find evidence of
a secret admiration for
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With Hitler's rise to daughter, Susan Beth, to
power, Freud's concern Steven A. Kurtzman, son
was more with the "mys- of Mr. and Mrs. Mervin
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