29-01-1914 Ferenczi to Freud

451 Iron

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Budapest, the 29 January 1914

Dear Professor,

I hope to start here a series of letters in which it will not matter disease (I mean, my own disease).

The only notable event that I can mention since my return, is the speech of Professor Apathy 1 (Apathy of neurofibrillary) against psychoanalysis. He took the head of the "eugenics movement" and for this reason is unleashed against psychoanalysis as qu'égarement panérotique of the Jewish mind. Some liberal newspapers have reacted to this attack, defending the Jews, shows the "grain of truth" in your teaching, and warned against the identification between psychoanalysis and Judaism.

Critics of my collection of articles 2 will emerge in the coming weeks ; they are favorable, because I did not send copies of press my opponents predictable.

To the prosecutor, the contradictions between the two types of women appear, eneffet,s'estomper. Aware of his predilection for the Jews and secret

antipathy towards them are., in my opinion, closely related to the castration complex.

I treat a case of impotence for a year and a half : I am more sure you can connect to a building sadistic-anal. In coitus, the patient sees (Ics) 1) an act of cruelty, 2) of incontinence (but not urethral anal). It retains the sperm, as a normal individual feces. The patient has long suffered from incontinentia alvi [1]. It is incredibly reserved, he does not let himself "go" in any way.

One of his brothers was interned for life for a murder committed in a state of excitement. Two other brothers are more or less powerless. One of his cousins (an anal character evident) is the same man impotent for which Stekel and I did one day consultation.

I am eager to have new.

Sincerely yours F.ferenczi]


[1] Latin text in ie : incontinence of Contents.

L Istvan Apathy (1863-1922). Professor of histology, zoologist, but also a poet and film-letoniste. Founding member of the Hungarian Society of Social Sciences. At the meeting of 24 I 1914 (constitution of a section of eugenic), Apathy attacked the "worldview wormy" Freud, describing it as "a representative panérotisme Semitic". Géza Szilagyi said the attack â Apathy in the newspaper Az Ujsag (The Journal) (« Freud és Apathy»), the 11 and 12 March.

2. See 422 Iron, note 2.

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