It was around this time that a heartbreaking collection of letters, some of which can be seen below, were discovered in the archives of the Heidelberg hospital; all written obsessively in Emma's hand during her second stay at the clinic in 1909, at a time when reports indicate she was relentlessly speaking of her family. Each desperate letter is directed at her absent husband, Mark, and every page is thick with overlapping text. Some are so condensed as to be illegible; some read "Herzensschatzi komm" ("Sweetheart come") over and over; others simply repeat the plea, "komm komm komm," ("come come come") thousands of times.
None were sent.
Huge thanks to the wonderful Moose Allain for bringing these incredible documents to my attention. They were collated in the early-1920s as part of the Prinzhorn Collection and are referenced in the book, Beyond Reason: Art and Psychosis Works From the Prinzhorn Collection.
Image Source: Lemmy Caution
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