chapter  16
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Hans im Glueck

WithHelen Walker Puner, Erich Fromm, Paul Roazen, S. P. Puner

The Nazis had burned Freud’s books in 1933, in the vain hope that they could destroy the ideas set forth in what they called his “pornographic Jewish speciality.” Freud had been warned by his friends, family and colleagues all over the world to get out of Austria before the Jew-hating conqueror arrived. Until the Anschluss became a reality, he had said he would leave, but once the Nazis arrived, he hesitated. The scientific world feared that Freud himself would be imprisoned. Dr. Ernest Jones flew from London to Vienna to try to persuade Freud to leave. Finally, early in June 1938, the preparations for departure were complete. Freud had managed to salvage his furniture, some of his books, and the greater part of his collection of ancient objets d’art. Standing among the packing-cases, he cried gaily to his nephew—remembering one of the traditional tales of German children—“Now, I’m Hans im Glueck!”.