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Burglars tried to steal Sigmund Freud’s ashes from London crematorium

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

British police are looking for the suspects who tried to steal Sigmund Freud's ashes from a London crematorium.

A 2,300-year-old Greek urn containing the remains of the psychoanalyst, who died in 1939, and his wife Martha, who died in 1951, was "severely damaged" in a break-in at Golders Green Crematorium over New Year's, Metropolitan Police force said, the Associated Press reported.

"This was a despicable act by a callous thief," said Detective Constable Daniel Candler. "Even leaving aside the financial value of the irreplaceable urn and the historical significance ... the fact that someone set out to take an object knowing it contained the last remains of a person defies belief."

The crematorium said the urn had been moved to a secure location and security was being reviewed, the AP said.

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