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Analyzing Freud

An exhibit at the Skirball examines Sigmund Freud's Jewish heritage


As you walk through the "Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture" exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, a scratchy BBC recording of Freud speaking in heavily accented English wafts through the space like an unintelligible message from the unconscious. It is only when you stand directly in front of the speaker at the end of the exhibition that his words become clear: "I discovered some new and important facts of the unconscious in psychic life. ... I had to pay heavily for this bit of good luck. ... Resistance was strong and unrelenting ... the struggle is not yet over."

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