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Anton Walter Freud

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Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Death: February 08, 2004 (82)
Oxted, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Golders Green Crematorium
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean-Martin Freud and Ernestine (Esti) Freud
Husband of Vibeke Annette Freud
Father of Maj. David Anthony Freud; Private and Private
Brother of Private

Occupation: chemical engineer
Managed by: Alan Henry Philipp
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About Anton Walter Freud

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Walter Freud

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Anton Walter Freud (3 April 1921 in Vienna, Austria – 8 February 2004, Oxted, England) was a chemical engineer and a member of the Royal Pioneer Corps and the British Special Operations Executive. He was a grandson of Sigmund Freud, who escaped along with his family from Vienna, Austria after the Anschluss.

Freud was born in Vienna in 1921. He was the first child of Sigmund Freud’s eldest son Jean-Martin (Martin), a lawyer, and his wife Ernestine Drucker. He was named after Anton von Freund, a colleague of his grandfather.

After leaving Vienna Freud's parents separated and he and his father went to Britain whilst his mother and sister Sophie went to Paris before emigrating to the USA. While he was a student at Loughborough College, he and his father were interned as enemy aliens in May 1940. He was first held in a prison in Leicester and then on the Isle of Man. In July, he was deported to Australia aboard the HMT Dunera.

He was allowed to return to the United Kingdom in October 1941. He then joined the Royal Pioneer Corps in which he worked for eighteen months before he was allowed to join the Special Operations Executive in 1943 due in part to his being a native German speaker. In April 1945 he parachuted into Styria in the Austrian Alps to establish a British presence in advance of the approaching Red Army. He took possession of the airfield in Zeltweg singlehandedly. He ended the war with the rank of lieutenant.

After the war he was an investigator with the War Crimes Investigation Unit. He was the first person to interrogate Bruno Tesch of Tesch & Stabenow, the firm responsible for supplying much of the Zyklon B used in the Nazi concentration camps. Freud was also involved in the trial of Alfried Krupp of Krupp Industries, indicted for the use of slave labor, and he was also involved in the investigation of the murder of twenty children in the basement of the Bullenhuser Damm school in Hamburg.

After leaving active duty in September 1946 with the rank of major, he married Annette Krarup, a Danish civil servant he met in Copenhagen during the Krupp investigation. He went back to Loughborough, where he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. He was hired by British Oxygen Corporation, then went to work for British Nylon Spinners in Pontypool. He was recruited by British Hydrocarbons based in London in 1957, which after a series of mergers became part of BP Chemicals where he remained until his retirement at the age of 55 in 1977. His last residence in Britain was in Oxted, Surrey. [1][2][3] Walter Freud and his wife are buried in the "Freud Corner" at Golders Green Crematorium, London.[4]

He is the father of David Freud, Baron Freud.


Anton Walter Freud was a chemical engineer and a member of the Royal Pioneer Corps and the British Special Operations Executive. He was a grandson of Sigmund Freud and escaped with him and other family members from Vienna after the Anschluss. Freud was born in Vienna in 1921. He was the first child of Sigmund Freud’s eldest son Jean-Martin (Martin), a lawyer, and his wife Ernestine Drucker. He was named after Anton von Freund, a colleague of his grandfather. After leaving Vienna in March 1938, Freud's parents separated and he and his father went to Britain whilst his mother and sister Sophie went to Paris before emigrating to the USA. While he was a student at Loughborough College, he and his father were interned as enemy aliens in May 1940. He was first held in a prison in Leicester and then on the Isle of Man. In July, he was deported to Australia aboard the HMT Dunera. He was allowed to return to the United Kingdom in October 1941 due to a refinement in internment policy. He then joined the Royal Pioneer Corps in which he worked for eighteen months, before he was allowed to join the Special Operations Executive in 1943, due in part to his being a native German speaker. In April 1945 he parachuted into Styria in the Austrian Alps to help establish a British presence in advance of the approaching Red Army. Though he became separated from his comrades he managed to bluff his way into the strategically important Zeltweg airfield; posing as a representative of the advancing British Eighth Army, he convinced the Commandant to surrender it to the allied forces. After the war he was an investigator with the War Crimes Investigation Unit. He was the first person to interrogate Bruno Tesch of Tesch & Stabenow, the firm responsible for supplying much of the Zyklon B which was used in Nazi extermination camps. Freud was also involved in the trial of Alfried Krupp of Krupp Industries, indicted for the use of slave labor, and he was also involved in the investigation of the murder of twenty children in the basement of the Bullenhuser Damm school in Hamburg. After leaving active duty in September 1946 with the rank of major, he married Annette Krarup, a Danish civil servant he met in Copenhagen during the Krupp investigation. After naturalising as a British subject in January 1947. Freud returned to Loughborough, where he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. He was hired by British Oxygen Corporation, then went to work for British Nylon Spinners in Pontypool. He was recruited by British Hydrocarbons based in London in 1957, which after a series of mergers became part of BP Chemicals where he remained until his retirement at the age of 55 in 1977. In 1994 he returned to Vienna for the first time since his enforced exile as a guest of the Austrian government who marked his achievement in liberating the Zeltweg airfield by hosting a dinner there in his honour. His last residence in Britain was in Oxted, Surrey. Walter Freud and his wife are buried in the "Freud Corner" at Golders Green Crematorium, London.

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Anton Walter Freud's Timeline

1921
April 3, 1921
Vienna, Austria
1950
June 24, 1950
London, United Kingdom
2004
February 8, 2004
Age 82
Oxted, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
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Golders Green Crematorium