Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich

Author(s) : Emily Kuriloff

Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2013
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 184
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  • Catalogue No : 33391
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415883191
  • ISBN 10 : 0415883199
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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 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.

About the Author(s)

Emily A. Kuriloff is a Psychologist and Psychoanalyst. She is in private practice in New York City and she is Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the William Alanson White Institute, New York.

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Jonathan Lenin on 10/06/2022 21:24:24

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This is a quite well researched historical chronicle of the development of psychoanalysis in Europe, and then in exile in Britain and the USA. Because the author utilizes interviews with prominent psychoanalysts who suffered persecution, emigration, loss of family, culture and language, the reader easily feels her way into the experience. The material thus takes on an immediacy and authenticity. Via these conversations, Kuriloff's remarks in conversation, and her interpretations in the book reveal much about the impact of trauma and loss in general, but, moreover, on the course and nature of psychoanalytic theory and praxis, then and now. An under appreciated moment impacting psychoanalysis gets its due, in a scholarly, well written and lively read.

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