Inscription to the Unknown French Soldier

Inscription to the Unknown French Soldier

Just outside the entrance into the courtyard is a stone on a wall inscribed: “To the unknown French soldier who died for the glory of his fatherland in the year of 1799. He lies buried here.” Jost told the story that Jung’s older daughter (presumably Agathe?) was never comfortable at Bollingen, saying the place felt haunted. Jung himself, after long periods of solitude, had an auditory hallucination of soldiers rushing by rattling their weapons. Then during the continuing building process, Jung unearthed a skeleton. A button from a French army uniform identified the soldier as belonging to the troops that fought at a nearby bridge in the Napoleonic war, and the body must have floated downstream to rest here. Jung gave the body a formal military-style burial, even shooting 3 times into the sky, and the remains now are laid to rest under this stone. Supposedly the property is no longer haunted!


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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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