dear Mrs. N., 5 October 1939
If there hadn’t been such a throng of things lately I surely would have written to you long ago.
It is a curious thing that the closer people are to very serious issues, the calmer they seem to be.
There is of course a great deal of apprehension in Switzerland and we feel the sword of Damocles hanging over our heads.
But I was recently in Basel and I found that people are carrying on as usual, despite the fact that hell can break loose at any moment.
I was on a point of the frontier right between the French and German lines.
You could see the French and German fortifications and all was as quiet and peaceful as possible.
No noise and no shots; all the villages are evacuated and nothing stirs.
My son and my sons-in-law are, with one exception, all with the army and my daughter from Paris with her children has taken refuge with us.
Young Han has been called to the army finally!
He is now in a motorized unit where he has to serve as chauffeur and mechanic, as a member of the Auxiliary Service.
I suppose that he has even got a uniform which will please him very much.
I occasionally get an enthusiastic postcard.
Up to the beginning of September he helped me in Bollingen as long as I was there.
But with the mobilization he had to join the ranks.
I myself am too old to do active service, but I have been asked to “stand for Parliament.”
That means, a large group of people seem to want me as a member of the Conseil National (which would be the House of Commons in England.)
I told them that I’m no politician and they say that that was exactly why they wanted me, that they had politicians enough.
I said: Well, under those conditions I can do it.
I don’t know exactly yet what it means; at all events it means sessions of a fortnight’s duration about five or six times a year, and personally no end of boredom.
By great good luck it might be that I can say something reasonable.
I’m told that people want representatives who mean spiritual values.
It is an interesting sign of the times.
I’m only on the list and I insisted upon being put practically on the last line, as I still hope that I won’t be elected.
The elections take place somewhere at the end of October or beginning of November.
So you’d better tell nobody of this very curious new development.
If I can help you in any way to get through to Switzerland I might do so through the Fremdenpolizei.
It is not exactly the time when one could be busy with a book.
The atmosphere is terribly disturbed and it is quite difficult to keep out of it.
The things that happen in Germany are just incredible, and the future is full of unheard-of possibilities.
The feeling is entirely apocalyptic.
It is just like the time when God has allowed Satan to roam on earth for one time and a half.
The Germans as far as I know them are partially terrified and partially drunk with blood and
If ever there was a mental epidemic it is the actual mental condition in Germany.
Hitler himself (from what I heard) is more than half crazy.
With every good wish,
C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Pages 277-278
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