The following is the English text of the congratulatory
letter addressed to Professor Sigmund Freud on May 6th,
and presented to him by the six members of the committee
whose signatures appear below, in the name of all
those who have signed it up to April 24th.
The eightieth birthday of Sigmund Freud gives us
the welcome opportunity of offering our congratulations
and homage to the Master whose discoveries have
opened up the way to a new and profounder understanding
of mankind. He has made eminent contributions
to medicine, psychology, philosophy, and art, and
has been for two generations the pioneer in exploring the
hitherto unknown regions of the mind. Intellectually
independent, ” ein Mann mit erzenem Blick ”-as
Nietzsche said of Schopenhauer-able to stand alone
and draw to himself disciples, he followed his chosen
path and advanced truths which, just because they
uncovered what was hidden and illuminated what was
obscure, seemed dangerous and alarming. Everywhere
he put forward new problems and changed old
standards. The results of his workc have extended the
field of research, and the stimulus he gave to creative
thought made even his opponents his debtors. Future
ages may reconstruct or limit this or that conclusion,
but his questions will never be silenced nor his achievements
permanently obscured. The ideas he formulated
and the terms he coined have become part of our daily
life, and in every ‘field of knowledge, in literature, art,
research, history of religion, prehistory, -mythology,
folklore, pedagogy, and last but not least in poetry
we can trace his influence. The most memorable
achievement of our generation will be, beyond doubt,
the psychological achievement of Sigmund Freud.
We cannot picture the intellectual world to-day
withoutThis work, and we rejoice in his presence among
us and in his unabated activity. May our gratitude
accompany his days.
THOMAS MANN. H. G. WELLS.
ROMAIN ROLLAND. VIRGINIA WOOLF.
JULES ROMAINS. STEFAN ZWEIG.