Leaving Today: the Freuds in Exile 1938

Freud Museum

18 July – 30 September 2018

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The story of Freud and his family's escape to London from Austria in 1938, and a look at the contemporary experience of flight and exile.

Sigmund Freud’s study in Berggasse 19, Vienna, 1938

This exhibition features the family's documents, letters and objects, many of which have never been on public display before, including the original documents required to leave Austria and enter Britain, Freud's personal correspondence with celebrated figures such as Albert Einstein and HG Wells, and personal belongings.

Through the experiences of Freud and his family threads a universal story of flight and exile. Britain remains a refuge for many fleeing persecution, torture, enslavement and murder. At the centre of the exhibition will be work created by young people who attend the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile. Each young person has come to Britain, unaccompanied, to seek refuge and safety.

Also as part of the exhibition, a new addition to the museum's collection, The Psychoanalyst by Marie-Louise Motesiczky, goes on display for the first time.

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