“I think it’s not important for me anymore, like for Jung, to know if there really is a God in the skies; but it is important to know that there are marks in the soul, marks of God: archetypes, if you want.” – Wolf Baumann
Born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1932, Wolf is a grandson of C. G. Jung, and the brother of Dr. Dieter Baumann. He grew up in Zurich and obtained a law degree in 1958 from the University of Zurich. Though he expressed an early interest in Jung’s work, he eventually turned to the fields of business and banking. He lives and works in Basle. Here he describes his memories of Jung and of his grandmother Emma. He comments on the frequent misunderstandings of Jung’s work and the dangers of the tendency for some people to turn him into a prophet, or a “religious figure.” He emphasizes Jung’s positive relationship to nature and the earth, and the effect Jung’s essay Answer to Job had on his own religious attitudes.
This conversation with Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst practicing in Sausalito, California, was filmed in September of 1979 in the office of Wolf Baumann in Basle, Switzerland.
Producer: George Wagner – Director: Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D. – Editor/Line Producer: Tee Bosustow – Music: John Adams.
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