I just learned that you once more have reason to fear for the nearest future of one of your sons. Although I certainly expect that light will be brought into this darkness soon, it can be guessed that the incident will cause you additional outlays in these hard times. I recall that when I recently offered you a loan of 5000, you accepted only 3000. Allow me today to send you the remainder, and do me the favor and don't mention the matter for the time being... Encl. 2000…
Ernest, who was charged with high treason, was jailed in Austria until 1937, and then sent to Buchenwald in 1938, where he remained until liberated by the Allies in 1945. He became, like his father and Freud, a psychoanalyst, in Vienna.
Both Freud and Federn escaped Austria in 1938; Freud, to England, and Federn, to New York City.
Autograph Letter Signed (“Freud”), in German, 2 pages, recto and verso, on his personal letterhead, Berggasse 19, Vienna, November 8, 1936. To Dr. Paul Federn.
Source: In 1936, As Adolf Hitler Closes In, Sigmund Freud Acts To Help a Colleague’s Son Who Has Been Charged with High Treason (Autograph Letter Signed (“Freud”), in German, 2 pages, recto and verso, on his personal letterhead, Berggasse 19, Vienna, November 8, 1936. To Dr. Paul Federn.)