Lot 240: TLS signed "C. G. Jung," one page, 8.25 x 11.5, personal letterhead, February 1, 1949. Letter to P. M. Shankland at Short Film Production, Zonal Office Information Services in Hamburg, Germany. In part: "Your proposition is indeed most interesting, but it will be equally difficult to translate such a thing as my Essays on Contemporary Events into the language of film. I must confess that I have not the slightest imagination in this respect. What I think I would do would be: I should give my little book to a number of better-class writers that are interested in the film and I should even start a competition among them in order to see what kind of dramatic phantasies they develop while reading the Essays. My mind doesn't function along these modern ways, but I could imagine that a fertile and dramatising mind could get the necessary kick out of my peculiar way of looking at things." Intersecting folds, light creases and soiling, and filing holes to the left edge, otherwise fine condition.Jung's Essays on Contemporary Events was a collection of pieces he had published between 1936 and 1945 that discussed the psychological and philosophical implications of events in Germany during and immediately following the Nazi period. During the war he had been criticized for not denouncing the Nazi regime and accused of being sympathetic to their cause, and he added a preface and epilogue to this collection of essays in an attempt to clear up any misunderstandings. The 'Zonal Office Information Services' had been established by the Allied powers during their postwar occupation of Germany and charged with controlling the media during the denazification process, an Allied initiative to rid German society, culture, and politics from any remnants of the Nazi regime. Although it does not appear that this film project based on Jung's work ever came to fruition, it is an intriguing proposition expounded upon by the notable psychologist in this fantastic letter.
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