Category Archives: Psychology

Inspiring My Vienna Visit: A Talk About Freud & Oscar Nemon

Inspiring My Vienna Visit: A Talk About Freud & Oscar Nemon

Several people have asked: What finally spurred you to visit Vienna this  June? Good question. I’ve been wanting to go for more than 2½ years, ever since I found out about the connection between my great uncle, Siegmund Kornmehl, and Vienna’s Sigmund Freud Museum, but had been dragging my heels. Money, ambivalence, pet care…I always had an excuse not to go. With the needContinue Reading

Of Mice and Mushrooms: Free Associating for Freud’s Birthday (May 6, 1856)

Of Mice and Mushrooms: Free Associating for Freud’s Birthday (May 6, 1856)

I’ve been doing a lot of things, some of them useful, others stressful–for example, trying to learn German in 3 1/2 weeks–in preparation for my upcoming trip to Vienna. Freudian Food Among the useful ones: Having the book Zu Tisch du Sigmund Freud, by Katja Behling-Fischer–At Sigmund Freud’s Table: Lifestyle, Hospitality and Eating Habits of the Founder ofContinue Reading

Found in Translation: The Mad Butcher of Berggasse

Found in Translation: The Mad Butcher of Berggasse

Happy 2014. So far, this year is looking promising. I woke up on the morning of Jan. 1 to a nice surprise: The notification that the first post of a new blog called Wien um die Jahrhundertwende (Vienna at the Turn of the Century) was devoted to discussing Freud’s Butcher. I was pretty sure theContinue Reading

Oscar Nemon: Sculptor of Freud — & His Canine Circle

Oscar Nemon: Sculptor of Freud — & His Canine Circle

My discovery of Oscar Nemon — probably the most famous sculptor of whom almost no one has heard — started with a comment I received the other day on an earlier post, Richard Tauber: “How Can I Be a Jew?”: Congratulations on an informative and amusing blog. As you mention Richard Tauber I thought youContinue Reading

Did Freud Sleep With His Sister-in-Law?

Did Freud Sleep With His Sister-in-Law?

Today, I’m pleased not only to return to Freud Friday after a long absence but also to give you a double header: On my friend Vera Marie Badertscher’s excellent A Traveler’s Library site, I review Freud’s Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman (see The Steamy Side of Vienna). Although I discuss some problems IContinue Reading

Flee, Fight — or Hide? Bruno Bettleheim, Anne Frank & My Family

Flee, Fight — or Hide? Bruno Bettleheim, Anne Frank & My Family

Of the many discoveries I’ve made about my extended family lately, one of the most startling was that several relatives spent the war in an attic in Holland. According to the Yad Vashem site, Johannes van den Berg and his wife, Anna, hid 14 people in their home in the town of Velp, Gelderland. AmongContinue Reading

Freud’s Butcher, Year One: Five Highlights

Freud’s Butcher, Year One: Five Highlights

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I wrote my first post here, a speculation on whether Freud ate kosher. It’s been quite the wild ride since then — a statement that might surprise those who think that genealogy is boring. But if you use the term family history  — emphasis onContinue Reading

Losing Freud, Finding Stella

Losing Freud, Finding Stella

It’s been nearly a year now since I started Freud’s Butcher, and what a roller coaster ride it’s been! I’ll talk more about that in August, the actual one-year blogiversary. It’s just a fortuitous coincidence that these last few weeks have made me re-examine one of the blog’s basic premises, while reminding me why IContinue Reading

Framing Sigmund: The Mystery of Freud’s Glasses

Framing Sigmund: The Mystery of Freud’s Glasses

Sigmund Freud’s glasses are as central to his image as his cigars are — perhaps more so. After middle age, Freud is never photographed sans specs, but his smokes are occasionally absent. Yet while Freud’s cigars are much analyzed, his eye wear remains a mystery. Maybe Moscot? My interest in the topic was piqued earlierContinue Reading

Freud’s Butcher Contributor Wins Major Literary Award

Freud’s Butcher Contributor Wins Major Literary Award

I’m kvelling. My friend Lydia Davis, who is a FOFB (Friend of Freud’s Butcher), just won the Man Booker International Prize. We’re not talking the regular Man Booker Prize, which is prestigious enough, but a lifetime achievement award for fiction, presented once every two years. The four previous winners were Ismail Kadaré (2005), Chinua AchebeContinue Reading