The Id and the Ashes: Thieves Attempt To Steal The Ashes Of Sigmund Freud

170px-Freud's_ashes_in_Golder's_Green_Columbarium200px-Sigmund_Freud_LIFEThis is going to take a lot of time on the couch for certain thieves in London. The men attempted to steal of 4th Century BC Greek urn holding the ashes of the founder of psychoanalysis and his wife at a crematorium in London. In the process, they severely damaged a 2,400-year-old urn.

The urn was a present one of Freud’s close friends — Princess Marie Bonaparte, great grandniece of Napoleon, who herself became a psychoanalyst. She also helped the Freud family escape from Vienna in 1938 from the Nazis. It depicts Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and ecstasy and was used to house his ashes upon his death in September 1939.

It appears that on New Year’s Eve, burglars tried to steal the urn by removing it from the plinth shown above. Freud studied these urns (and had more than 2,000 largely Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects) in working out his theories related to the human personality.

In the United States, there are a host of possible charges from burglary to property damage to destruction of human remains or ashes.

Of course for these these bundling burglars, Freud left some hope when he said “From error to error one discovers the entire truth.”

Source: Yahoo

8 thoughts on “The Id and the Ashes: Thieves Attempt To Steal The Ashes Of Sigmund Freud

  1. What complete ash-holes those burglars are. Like the Taliban destroying historical relics. The security ought to be questioned too, and improved upon if needed.

  2. No limit to how low some thieves can sink

    A burglary and a malicious mischief is one thing. Yet it has been my experience when human remains / cemeteries / funerals are are victimized by defendants, it becomes “hammer time” for judges during the sentencing phase.

  3. Didn’t know Freud was a Jew, but I guess that’s why he would need to escape Germany in 1938, unless he analysed the situation so well that he foresaw the pending war & its bad ending for Germany. To me Freud is the guy that went half way & got sidetracked into thinking sex was all instead of an important button. Fortunately Hubbard looked at a lot more pieces of the puzzle & came up with something workable, Dianetics. But you still have to give Freud a B+ for trying.

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