Vita Sigmund Freud

1856

Sigismund Freud is born on May 6, 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia (now Pribor in the  Czech Republic).

1859-1865

The Freuds move to Vienna in 1860

1866-1872

Freud begins a friendship with his classmate Eduard Silberstein

1873-1875

In 1873 Freud passes his Matura (school leaving certificate) and enters Vienna University

1876-1880

Freud studies under Claus and Bruecke

1881-1882

In 1881 Freud qualifies as doctor of medicine

1882-1883

Freud is employed as doctor at Theodor Meynert's Psychiatric Clinic

1884-1885

Freud researches the medicinal effects of coca

1886

Marriage to Martha Bernays

1887-1888

Freud becomes interested in hypnotherapy 

1889-1890

Beginning of friendship with Wilhelm Fliess 

1891-1892

Move to Berggasse 19

1893-1894

Works together with Josef Breuer on Studies in Hysteria

1895

Freud manages for the first time to analyse one of his own dreams

1896

Freud's first use of the term "psychoanalysis".

1897

Freud begins his self-analysis

1898

Publishes The Psychical Mechanism of Forgetting.

1899-1900

The first copies of The Interpretation of Dreams appear, post- dated 1900.

1901

Freud begins the analysis of the eighteen-year-old Dora

1902

Founding of the Wednesday Psychological Society

1903

Wilhelm Fliess and Freud meet for the last time in Vienna

1904

Together with his brother Alexander he travels for the first time to Athens

1905

Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious and Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria ('Dora') appear

1906

C.G. Jung begins his correspondence with Freud

1907

Publication of Delusion and Dreams in W. Jensen's 'Gradiva'

1908

The First Congress of "Freudian Psychology" takes place in Salzburg 

1909

Journey to America

1910

Founding of the International Psychoanalytical Association

1911

Alfred Adler resigns from the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society

1912

Founding of the psychoanalytical journal Imago

1913

Break with C.G. Jung

1914

Outbreak of the First World War

1915

Visit of Rainer Maria Rilke

1916

The first part of Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis appears

1917

Georg Groddeck joins the psychoanalytical movement 

1918

Freud loses his entire fortune which was tied up in Austrian State Bonds

1919

The International Psychoanalytical Press is founded in Vienna

1920

The English language journal International Journal of Psycho-Analysis is founded

1921

André Breton visits Freud in Vienna.

1922

Freud is working on A Seventeenth-Century Demonological Neurosis 

1923

The first signs of Freud's oral cancer are detected 

1924

A conflict with Otto Rank over the meaning of the birth trauma breaks out in psychoanalysis

1925

The first volumes of Freud's Collected Works appears

1926

On his 70th birthday Freud receives various honours 

1927

An election announcement for the Viennese Social Democrats co- signed by Freud appears in the Arbeiter Zeitung

1928

Dorothy Burlingham gives Freud a chow bitch called Lun Yug

1929

Arnold Zweig publishes an essay entitled Freud and Humankind in which he celebrates Freud as a liberator from religious and pathological terror

1930

A heart attack forces Freud to give up smoking

1931

The financial situation of the International Psychoanalytical Press become critical. Freud appeals for help from the psychoanalytical organisations

1932

In order to give financial assistance to the International Psychoanalytical Press, he writes the New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis

1933

Hitler becomes Reichs Chancellor. Freud corresponds with Einstein on the question "Why War?".

1934

The 13th International Psychoanalytical Congress takes place at Lucerne. Numerous German analysts have by now been forced to emigrate

1935

Freud is elected Honorary Member of the British Royal Society of Medicine

1936

Thomas Mann gives a celebratory address in the Concert Hall on "Freud and the Future"

1937

Together with Dorothy Burlingham Anna Freud opens the "Jackson Nursery" on the Rudolfsplatz, a kindergarten in which she can begin her study of aspects of infant behaviour

1938

The Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg is forced by Hitler to resign. Austria is annexed to the German Reich on 13th March. A wave of political arrests and antisemitic persecution breaks out. Freud's apartment and the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society are searched. Anna Freud is held for a day by the Gestapo for questioning.

1939

On 23rd September Freud dies in London

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