“In Kusnacht, he was the gentleman, he was a working doctor. He had his patients, he had his work, his writing, his books and so on. And in Bollingen, he lived!” – Rudolf Niehus, M.D.
Dr. Rudi Niehus was born in Zurich in 1941, the son of Marianne Niehus-Jung and Walter Niehus. He is the grandson of C. G. Jung. He attended the Universities of Zurich and Basle where he earned a medical degree and is now in private practice as a psychotherapist. In this conversation he recalls his impressions from childhood of his grandfather as the “chief” of his large family. He describes the more earthy side of Jung which came out during retreats to his Bollingen tower. He also includes his impressions of his grandmother, Emma, and comments briefly on C. G. and Emma’s relationship to Toni Wolff, a long time colleague of Jung’s. A moving description of how Niehus struggled in choosing a vocational path reveals how dreams helped to guide him in following in the footsteps of his grandfather.
This conversation with Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst practicing in Sausalito, was filmed at Dr. Niehus’s home just outside of Zurich, in September of 1979.
Producer: George Wagner – Director: Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D. – Editor/Line Producer: Tee Bosustow – Music: John Adams.