Why War? Freud and Einstein in Dialogue

Exhibition curated by Kim Coventry, Exhibition and Conservation Coordinator.

Drawn from the Ludwig Rosenberger Collection of Judaica, this display presents correspondence between Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein on the subject of peace and war. This exchange was commissioned by the League of Nations in 1931. The League asked its International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation to "encourage an exchange of letters between leaders of thought, on the lines of those which have always taken place at the great epochs of European history: to select subjects best calculated to serve the common interest of the League of Nations and the intellectual life of mankind; and to publish this correspondence from time to time. These letters are on display in facsimile along with several other selected works by both Freud and Einstein.