September 23: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of Freud’s Death

Sigmund Freud Museum Presents Vienna Psychoanalytic Society with its Founding Bylaws


On September 23, 1939 – 80 years ago today – Sigmund Freud, aged 83, passed away in London after his flight from the Nazi regime. To commemorate this anniversary, Monika Pessler, director of the Sigmund Freud Museum, presented the chairwoman of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society (Wiener Psychoanalytische Vereinigung/WPV) Hemma Rössler-Schülein with the founding documents of the WPV. The document was handed over at the conference „Wie ein heiliger Text“ on September 14 at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Academy.
The Vienna Psychoanalytic Society proceeded from the Wednesday Psychological Society, which was founded at Berggasse 19 and met there every week for scientific discourse in the waiting room of Freud’s practice.
The bylaws shed light on the WPV’s purpose to develop the science of psychoanalysis, distribute it internationally and apply it to other fields of the humanities. The WPV, dissolved in 1938 and newly founded after the Second World War, sees itself committed to save and carry on Sigmund Freud’s cultural heritage, just as the Sigmund Freud Museum, which is currently under reconstruction, does. 
Photo: Founding bylaws of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society (c) Stephanie Letofsky, Sigmund Freud Privatstiftung

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