Mrs. Amelia Freud, Mother of Sigmund Freud, Dead at 95
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Mrs. Amelia Freud, Mother of Sigmund Freud, Dead at 95

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Mrs. Amelia Freud, mother of Professor Sigmund Freud, world-famous psychoanalyst, is dead here at the age of 95. Her death is attributed to hardening of the arteries and other infirmities of old age.

Until a month ago she was in good health and fine spirits, according to her grandson, Edward L. Bernays, well-known publicity man in New York. She had gone to Bad Ischl with her famous son, Dr. Sigmund Freud, to celebrate her ninety-fifth birthday, a custom which she has followed for more than thirty years.

Frau Freud was born in Vienna, August 25, 1835. At the age of twenty she was married to Jacob Freud, a wool merchant, who died some time ago. Dr. Sigmund Freud was her first-born and according to Mr. Bernays she always referred to him as her “golden-son.”

In 1848 Frau Freud was instrumental in aiding two of her three brothers in escaping from Vienna during the revolution. She always took a very active interest in current affairs, and during the course of her life had come in contact with various and prominent personalities.

Frau Freud lived with her daughter, Miss Dolfie Freud, and in addition to Dr. Sigmund Freud, is survived by Dr. Alexander Freud, a Viennese editor and publisher; Rosa Graf, Paula Winternitz and Mitzi Freud, all of Vienna, and Mrs. Anna Freud Bernays of New York. Ten grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren also survive her.

Frau Freud was always very proud of her children, and was actively interested in Dr. Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis. She was considered a model mother and gave her famous son as well as the rest of her children a good Jewish education.

Reports current in the foreign press that Dr. Freud himself is seriously ill are not true. He is now seventy-four years of age and until his mother’s death, visited her regularly every Sunday morning.

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