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Refugees and Immigrants: Their Experience and Contribution to Psychoanalysis in North America - Virtual Roundtable #2

Published on:
February 28, 2023

"Refugee Psychoanalysts 1920-1955: Enriching Psychoanalysis in the Americas"

This previously recorded roundtable discusses the history of forced migration of psychoanalysts from Europe and their impact on psychoanalysis in America. Beginning in the 1920s and again between 1938 and 1940, the rise of fascism and its attendant antisemitism led most Central European psychoanalysts to emigrate to other countries. Their contributions fundamentally reshaped the field of psychoanalysis in the United States and England. In this roundtable, scholars discuss the historical experience of analysts who were forced to leave Europe, and the integration of those individuals and their psychoanalytic theories into American psychoanalytic institutes.
This roundtable is part of "From Despair to Hope: The Holocaust, Immigration, and Psychoanalysis in North America," a collaboration between the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center and the Sigmund Freud Museum honoring the late Anton O. Kris, MD.
This program is supported in part by Steven C. Ackerman and grants from the Stockbridge Cultural Council and the Lee Cultural Council, local agencies that are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.