Early on the morning of May 6, 1856, Amalie Freud gave birth to her first child with her new husband, Jakob Freud. The baby, Sigismund Schlomo Freud, would eventually become one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the 20th century. Upon his birth, he was simply a healthy, undistinguished newborn in a middle-class Jewish family in the small town of Freiberg, Moravia. At the time, Freiberg–now named Príbor and located in the Czech Republic–was an industrial town of about 5,000 people located in the Austro-Hungarian Empire approximately 150 miles northeast of Vienna. Jakob Freud's textile business in Freiberg had supported himself and his wife comfortably enough before Sigi's birth, but over the subsequent years it began to fail. This prompted the family's move to Leipzig in 1859 and then to Vienna in 1860. In the meantime, however, the family continued to grow.
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