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Made at the Library: Saving Freud with Andrew Nagorski

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Join historians Meg McAleer and Josh Levy at noon (EDT) on Thursday, May 11, as they discuss founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud’s narrow escape from Nazi-controlled Vienna with Andrew Nagorski, author of the new book Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom.

Saving Freud is a dramatic account of an international effort to rescue Freud from Vienna following its 1938 annexation by Germany—a mission that was complicated by Freud’s refusal to leave until his daughter Anna’s arrest by the Gestapo convinced him of the danger in staying. Nagorski weaves together the biographies of Freud’s rescuers with an account of his last days in the city he loved, and an escape that nearly came too late.

The Library’s Manuscript Division holds the papers of Sigmund Freud as well as several figures involved in the escape, including Freud’s youngest daughter Anna Freud, lay analyst and socialite Princess Marie Bonaparte, and Freud’s personal doctor Max Schur. Join us to learn more about Nagorski’s research process, the Library’s manuscript collections, and the startling story of Freud’s flight from the Nazis.

The event took place online only on Thursday, May 11, 2023, 12:00pm-1:00pm EDT. Watch the program here:

Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

Made at the Library is an event series highlighting works inspired by and emerging from research at the Library of Congress. Featuring authors, artists and other creators in conversation with Library experts, this series takes a deep dive into the process of working with the Library’s collections.

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