“By the time the exchange between Einstein and Freud was published in 1933, under the title “Why War?”, Hitler, who was to drive both men into exile, was already in power, and the letters never achieved the wide circulation intended for them. Indeed, the first German edition of the pamphlet is reported to have been limited to only 2,000 copies, as was also the original English edition.”
“Why War?” The Einstein – Freud Correspondence (1931-1932)
Editor’s note: Comments in parentheses are those of J.M. Lynch at Arizona State University, who posted the letters on-line in PDF format. Thank you to Mr. Alfred de Zayas for suggesting finding and reading the little known “Why War?” letters of Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. What they wrote then, over eight decades ago, is as relevant today as ever. Please consider sharing their remarkable 1930’s-era contacts with family, friends and associates. Thank you.
(The letter which Einstein addressed to Freud, concerning the projected organization of intellectual leaders, was sent in 1931, or possibly 1932, and read as follows:)
I greatly admire your passion to ascertain the truth–a passion that has come to dominate all else in your thinking. You have shown with irresistible lucidity how inseparably the aggressive and destructive instincts are bound up in the human psyche with…
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