Listen to the Only Known Recording of Sigmund Freud’s Voice


Whether or not you buy into his theories (personally, we’ve always struggled with that whole women as castrated men who lack a strong superego thing), is there anyone who had a greater impact on 20th? century thought than Sigmund Freud? And yet, until today we had no idea what the man even sounded like. Now you too can listen to a recording of Freud that was taken by a BBC radio crew who visited the father of psychoanalysis at his home in Hampstead, North London back in 1938, just months after he fled from Nazi-occupied Austria. Between his heavy accent and the excruciating pain of speaking with mouth cancer, it can be difficult to make out everything that Freud is saying here, so head over to Open Culture if you’d like to read the transcript.