Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sigmund Freud`s Letter to the Zionist Movement

Letter to the Keren Hajessod (Dr. Chaim Koffler)

Vienna: 26 February 1930

Dear Sir,

I cannot do as you wish. I am unable to overcome my aversion

to burdening the public with my name, and even the present

critical time does not seem to me to warrant it. Whoever

wants to influence the masses must give them something

rousing and inflammatory and my sober judgement of Zionism

does not permit this. I certainly sympathise with its goals, am

proud of our University in Jerusalem and am delighted with

our settlement's prosperity. But, on the other hand, I do not

think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state, nor that

the Christian and Islamic worlds would ever be prepared to

have their holy places under Jewish care. It would have seemed

more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less

historically-burdened land. But I know that such a rational

viewpoint would never have gained the enthusiasm of the masses

and the financial support of the wealthy. I concede with sorrow

that the baseless fanaticism of our people is in part to be blamed

for the awakening of Arab distrust. I can raise no sympathy at all

for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian

wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the

natives. Now judge for yourself whether I, with such a critical

point of view, am the right person to come forward as the solace

of a people deluded by unjustified hope.

Your obediant servant,



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