Andrew Nagorski, Saving Freud

Armchair Historians

In this episode, Anne Marie Talks to Andrew Nagorski about his new book Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom. The book recounts the dramatic true story of Sigmund Freud’s last-minute escape to London following the German annexation of Austria, why he waited until after the Nazi take over, and the colorful cast of characters who persuaded and extricated him from his beloved Vienna to London.

Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. From 2008 to April 2014, he was vice president and director of public policy for the EastWest Institute, an international affairs think tank. Nagorski is now based in St. Augustine, Florida but continues to travel extensively, writing for numerous publications. His recent books -- Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power (Simon & Schuster, 2012), The Nazi Hunters (Simon & Schuster, 2016), and 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War  -- have all received rave reviews. In a starred review, Kirkus calls his new book, Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom (Simon & Schuster, August 2022), "a riveting page-turner...a fine biography." Publishers Weekly calls it "an invigorating look at a lesser-known chapter of Freud's well-documented life."