Death of a ''Jewish Science'' (Psychoanalysis in the Third by James E Goggin

By James E Goggin

During this compelling booklet, the function of the continuous trauma that the 3rd Reich had on person psychoanalysts is used to evaluate the occasions of the transformation of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute into the Goring Institute. via this research, it really is decided even if psychoanalysis survived on the Goring Institute throughout the 3rd Reich. The 3rd Reich is extra defined in addition to the potential extinction of psychoanalysis in the course of the process the unconventional.

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Freud was pleased to support the idea of a Berlin branch of psychoanalysis and encouraged Abraham to follow through with his plans. Hannah Decker (1977) considers the date Abraham set up his practice of psychoanalysis in Berlin in December 1907 as a signi¤cant landmark in the history of psychoanalysis in Germany: “Before that year Freud had a small number of supporters, admirers, and imitators in Germany, but he had no disciple who had received his of¤cial approval” (Decker 1977, 19). Yet, Freud’s appreciation of Abraham was always more restrained than for some of his more colorful followers.

Göring, we maintain, had bought into the ideology of National Socialism and Hitler’s authority. He cooperated with the regime willingly. In the last paragraph of her 1985 article, Spiegel proclaims that psychoanalysis did survive the Third Reich at the Göring Institute, and she praises in the same breath M. H. Göring and the executed psychoanalyst John Rittmeister. She states: “[B]oth accepted the destruction of their bodily selves in honor of one’s self-hood and integrity against the torrential force of totalitarian passionately violent society which we still seek to understand” (Spiegel 1985, 535).

Friedrich, organized a conference on totalitarianism (Friedrich 1954). In his paper he addressed what the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany had in common, despite their many differences. ” He made ¤ve points about totalitarian states that are relevant for our investigation: 1) They are ideologically driven, and their ideology makes utopian and messianic claims as to the ¤nal perfect society which could be achieved. 2) They have a single mass party consisting of people passionately and unquestioningly dedicated to that ideology.

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