Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich: History, Memory, Tradition

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During the 1930s and 1940s, European psychoanalysts held fast to their professional identities despite a profoundly destabilizing reality. From Budapest to Paris the Nazis disrupted the work of this group and threatened their very lives. That psychoanalysis endured, and even flourished in postwar Europe and the Americas, is itself remarkable. And yet, in the end, the 20th century belonged as much to Freud as it did to Hitler. This book begins to explore the myriad ways in which theory and praxis – and thus the ...

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Overview

During the 1930s and 1940s, European psychoanalysts held fast to their professional identities despite a profoundly destabilizing reality. From Budapest to Paris the Nazis disrupted the work of this group and threatened their very lives. That psychoanalysis endured, and even flourished in postwar Europe and the Americas, is itself remarkable. And yet, in the end, the 20th century belonged as much to Freud as it did to Hitler. This book begins to explore the myriad ways in which theory and praxis – and thus the course of psychoanalysis – has been and continues to be influenced by this history. Failures in mourning, the plight of the émigré, identifications both with victims and victimizers, as well as efforts to confront and integrate the personal and professional, are addressed via interviews with such prominent analysts as Otto Kernberg, Martin Bergmann, Anna Ornstein, Jack Drescher, and others, all of whom lived through or are descendants of the Holocaust.

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"This book is so unique in content, form, and authenticity, that it defies traditional boundaries. It is a book about history. It is a book about cultural upheaval. It is a book about psychic catastrophe. It is a story of human resolve and a story of survival, repair, and creativity among psychoanalytic healers whose notions influenced not just their colleagues and their patients, but all of Western culture before and after World War II." - Philip Bromberg, From the Introduction to Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich

"We are all beholden to Dr. Kuriloff for her brilliant and magisterial book which provides a vital perspective on the disastrous, pervasive, and, often profoundly disowned impact of the Third Reich on psychoanalysts and their movement." - Edgar Levenson, MD fellow emeritus, faculty W.A.White Psychoanalytic Institute

"This volume contains masterful analyses of the many ways in which trauma leaves consequences, and documents how the brutal Nazi persecution in the context of different cultural environments influenced psychoanalysts' theoretical orientation, their clinical work with survivors and patients in general, and the life of psychoanalytic institutions. Dr. Kuriloff has opened new perspectives on the psychological consequences of the Holocaust, on the influence of cultural trauma on the psychological functioning of adults, and on the history of psychoanalysis and of 20th century Jewish culture. Last but not least, the humanity, openness and flexibility of her approach make these interviews and her analysis of them an exciting, thought-provoking, moving experience". – Otto Kernberg, New York Presbyterian Hospital

"This book will provoke useful discussion of the topic. It is of interest to psychoanalysis and students of the Holocaust and the history of ideas. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals" - R.H. Balsam, Yale University, CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415883191
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/9/2013
  • Series: Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 720,228
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Kuriloff, Psy.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute in New York. She has served as the book review editor, and is currently the editor of special issues, for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

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Table of Contents

A Crooked Line: Epistemology and Methodology in the Study of Psychoanalysis and the Holocaust. It's Not What You Have Written Down: Psychoanalysis in America before and after the Shoah. Men Are Not Gentle: Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, and Psychoanalysis in Britain during and after World War II. The Founding and the Final Hour: Psychoanalysis before and after the Third Reich in Germany. We Did What We Had to Do: Israeli Psychoanalysis and the Shoah. Six-Pointed Claws: Psychoanalysis in France. The Next Generation: The Legacy of Our Parents' and Grandparents' Past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Sophistocated but riveting. Intelligent but highly personal and

    Sophistocated but riveting. Intelligent but highly personal and moving. Read it and see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    This book is not only historically informative, its moving and b

    This book is not only historically informative, its moving and beautifully written. Conversations with deep thinking people are woven into a narrative about a time in history full with great promise, genius, horror, loss, and redemption. Never have a read a scholarly work so accessible while being subtle and deep thinking. If you are a therapist, a historian, a Jew or merely a curious, conscious person in the world, this book will change you.

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