Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom

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Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom

A dramatic true story about Sigmund Freud’s last-minute escape to London following the German annexation of Austria and the group of friends who made it possible.

As exciting and suspenseful as a spy novel
Lynne Olson, author of Madame Fourcade's Secret War
entertaining history
Publishers Weekly
a riveting page-turner. . . Excellent
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
a masterful work…a page-turner
Rebecca Erbelding, historian and author of Rescue Board
"John le Carré meets Ian Kershaw."
Emma Szewczak, Holocaust scholar and author of The Offset
An intimate, touching portrait
Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind
spectacularly engaging and entertaining
Seth MacFarlane, executive producer, Family Guy and The Orville
pulses with urgent life
Kati Marton, author of The Chancellor
a gripping masterpiece
Professor Brett Kahr, Freud Museum London

In March 1938, German soldiers crossed the border into Austria and Hitler absorbed the country into the Third Reich. Anticipating these events, many Jews had fled Austria, but the most famous Austrian Jew remained in Vienna, where he had lived since early childhood. Sigmund Freud was eighty-one years old, ill with cancer, and still unconvinced that his life was in danger.

But several prominent people close to Freud thought otherwise, and they began a coordinated effort to persuade Freud to leave his beloved Vienna and emigrate to England. The group included a Welsh physician, Napoleon’s great-grandniece, an American ambassador, Freud’s devoted youngest daughter Anna, and his personal doctor.

Saving Freud is the story of how this remarkable collection of people finally succeeded in coaxing Freud, a man who seemingly knew the human mind better than anyone else, to emerge from his deep state of denial about the looming catastrophe, allowing them to extricate him and his family from Austria so that they could settle in London. There Freud would live out the remaining sixteen months of his life in freedom.

This book is both an incisive new biography of Freud and a group biography of the extraordinary friends who saved Freud’s life.

"A riveting analysis of exile, old-age and friendship, Nagorski uses his characteristic clarity to tell an untold story about a well-known man. Highly exciting and no less historically ambitious for it; John le Carré meets Ian Kershaw." - Emma Szewczak, Holocaust scholar and author of The...

“Andrew Nagorski has written a gripping masterpiece about one of the greatest figures in history, whose insights about human beings as “savage beasts” could not be more timely.” - Professor Brett Kahr, Honorary Director of Research, Freud Museum London, and author of Freud’s Pandemics:...

Publishers Weekly

Sigmund Freud’s vibrant life in Vienna and narrow escape from the Gestapo are recounted in this entertaining history. Journalist Nagorski (1941) reveals that Freud, who was 81 years old and struggling with cancer when Nazi Germany annexed Austria in March 1938, was in deep denial of the...

Kirkus Reviews

A richly contextual look at Freud’s escape to London.

A lifelong resident of Vienna, Freud had no intention of leaving when Hitler annexed Austria in 1938. In the end, he left because a team of admirers convinced him it was necessary. They persuaded Nazi authorities to let him go and got...

"As exciting and suspenseful as a spy novel, Andrew Nagorski’s masterful narrative reveals how an eclectic group of Sigmund Freud’s friends, ranging from an American ambassador to a French-born princess, came together to do the seemingly impossible: engineer his rescue from Nazi-controlled...

"Part engrossing biography of the father of psychoanalysis, part vivid group portrait of the circle of notables who rescued Sigmund Freud from the Nazis, Andrew Nagorski's Saving Freud pulses with urgent life. Nagorski captures the power of self-delusion and denial even among the most...

"I am a longtime fan of Andrew Nagorski’s work, and his phenomenal talent for personalizing history, allowing the reader to witness events through the eyes of those who lived them. Saving Freud is one of his finest—a spectacularly engaging and entertaining account of an incredible...

"An intimate, touching portrait of a genius as an old man. Ill, myopic, in denial and terribly vulnerable, this Freud is more human than any I've encountered before.
Andrew Nagorski has an artist's eye for revealing detail and a novelist's ability to bring to life a long lost world and it'...

"With his characteristic clarity and meticulous research, Nagorski has once again produced a masterful work. Saving Freud is a page-turner, mixing biography and escape narrative, with a powerful reminder that historians need to pay attention not just to words, but to relationships." - ...





Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom