Door to Freud’s consulting room

Door to Freud's consulting room

One last photo of the door to Freud’s consulting rooms, apts. 3-4 in Berggasse 19.

And a last photo of the staircase, where I love to imagine Princess Marie Bonaparte standing guard in her fur coat in the Freud family’s last days at Berggasse, like the lamp post that stands sentry still today – doing everything she could to prevent the Nazis from harassing the family, and negotiating the last matters of Nazi bureaucratic extortion with the psychoanalytic society’s Nazi overseer, Anton Sauerwald. (Although not very scholarly in style or tone, David Cohen’s recent book “The Escape of Sigmund Freud” tells the riveting story of the family’s last weeks in Vienna with detailed documentation, and in particular sheds more light on the complex relationship between Sauerwald and the Freuds.)
1-21 2 Berggasse 19 staircase


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