My Mother, Sigmund Freud and Me

Some facts about my mother’s family and its ties to Sigmund Freud are indisputable. There’s no question that my great uncle, Siegmund Kornmehl, had a kosher butcher shop downstairs from Freud’s home and offices at 19 Berggasse in Vienna and that he sold meat to Freud’s wife. Other facets of the family relationship to theContinue Reading

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  1. […] Freud Spottings, 1: Psychoanalysis, the Comic BookPosted on August 6, 2012 by Edie Jarolim Among the rare glimpses my mother offered of her early years in Vienna, one is especially intriguing.  She said that her cousin Stella had been sent to see Sigmund Freud in hopes that Stella’s unexplained lameness would prove to be psychosomatic. I have no reason to disbelieve my mother, but the story strikes me as odd. Freud was far better known and respected abroad. He was especially celebrated in America, where he was welcomed enthusiastically as early as 1909.  His theories became a mass phenomenon in the U.S. after World War II.  According to a Newsweek/Daily Beast retrospective of Freud on his 150th birthday, “Back in the 1950s, analysis was a status symbol and a mark of sophistication, a role filled in society today by cosmetic surgery.” Perhaps the “repressed” 1950s were the perfect era for “Psychoanalysis” the comic book to appear. […]

  2. […] never thought of her accomplishments — that is, until I started this blog. I’ve written how difficult it must have been for my mother to be forced to come over to America on her own, leaving her parents behind. Many things she did that were not dictated by the Nazis were admirable […]

  3. […] 2. Wie sah die Beziehung der Nachbarsfamilie zu Freud aus (Psychologie) […]

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