Did Hitler and Freud know each other in Vienna?
If this turns out to be true, and not just a ruse to drive up the price, it would indeed represent a bizarre irony of history, but there’s nothing unbelievable about it. Back in his Viennese artist days, the future dictator and instigator of the Final Solution sold hundreds of watercolors and oil paintings through Jewish dealers and received generous support from Vienna’s Jewish community, which even funded one of his flophouses. (His later depiction of himself in Mein Kampf as an early and radical anti-Semite doesn't fit the recorded facts about his life in the Austrian capital.) In purely statistical terms, the idea that Sigmund Freud might have purchased one of them is not all that outlandish. Hitler moved to Munich in 1913. Freud fled Vienna for London in 1938. Despite their obvious differences, the man of war and the man of science were both products of the same cultural hothouse.
If Freud really did buy the painting from Hitler, you have to wonder if the two men ever met. And if they did, what if Freud had invited an obviously disturbed Adolf to have a lie down on his couch and try a little free association? Just think of all the suffering that single consultation might have prevented. I’d like to think he at least asked.