Stefan Zweig sto i langvarig brevvennskap med hobbypsykolog
Sigmund Freud, også kulturjøde i Wien -- som ofte tjenestegjorde
som Zweigs pilotleser.
Zweig var opptatt av Sigmunds arbeid, "but it annoyed Freud
to have psychoanalysis compared with Mesmerism and Christian
"As a humanitarian, Freud was deeply shocked by the outburst
of Nazi bestiality. Yet as a thinker, he was not.
He had been castigated as a pessimist, he said, because he
had denied the supremacy of culture over the instincts,
but he was being vindicated in his opinion that the barbaric,
elemental destructive instinct of humanity was ineradicable.
It was now being proven most horribly."
"Nonetheless, Zweig felt that “however gloomy the outlook,
a conversation with a great mind on a high moral plane can
afford immeasurable consolation and can stiffen the spirit .."
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