Thieves Smash Sigmund Freud’s Urn In An Attempted Burglary
THE Greek urn holding the ashes of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and his wife Martha, was “severely damaged” by thieves who tried to steal it from its home at from Golders Green Crematorium in London. The incident occurred sometime between between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A search to find who is behind the crime is underway and detective constable Daniel Candler of the Metropolitan Police says, “This was a despicable act by a callous thief.”
(Maybe they went to grab it and it slipped. You know, a Freudian slip… – ed ).
Freud was born in 1856 and his ashes were placed in the vessel after his death in 1939. In 1951, his wife’s ashes were added. The now-smashed container portrayed Dionysus, the Greek god of fertility and wine, and was a gift to Freud from his friend, Marie Bonaparte.