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Freud’s War

By Helen Fry

Despite his worldwide reputation as the father of modern psychology, Sigmund Freud’s security in his native Vienna changed overnight when Hitler’s forces annexed Austria on 12 March 1938.

His books had already been burned across Germany, and now Freud and his family were at immediate risk. The Nazis carried out regular raids on Jewish families’ homes, and the Freuds were no exception. They suffered a period of house arrest and two months of uncertainty, before finally securing papers for emigration to England and making a last-minute dramatic escape. 

It was after becoming refugees in Britain, however, that the Freuds’ story took a fascinating turn. Following their escape from Austria, both Sigmund’s son Martin and his grandson Walter enlisted in the British forces, going on to fight for Britain behind enemy lines in Austria.

In Freud’s War, author Helen Fry uses previously unpublished family archives to paint an intimate portrait of this celebrated dynasty, and the impact of war upon its members in both Austria and England.

Praise for Freud’s War:

‘Sigmund Freud has been extensively written about, but Helen Fry’s book concerns his life as a father to Martin, and his son, Walter. Their extraordinary stories are written in a clear, readable style, heavily interspersed with extensively-researched archive documents, newspaper articles, letters, journals, and previously unpublished photographs from the family’s private collection … Recommended’ – Historical Novel Society

Dr Helen Fry
 has written and edited more than 25 books on the social history and intelligence of the Second World War. Due to her expertise, she is frequently featured on TV and media programmes. 

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